As a parent, one of the hardest things to experience is watching your child struggle with friendships, outbursts, school, sadness, or anxiety.  My goal is to help you better understand why your child is having difficulties and how best to help your child grow.  I love working with children and families to determine where they may need more support while emphasizing a child's strengths.  I specialize in differential diagnostic assessment with children, with particular experience in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Specific Learning Disorders.  In addition, as many children have challenges in multiple areas, I also consider the role of anxiety, mood, and other psychiatric issues during assessment, although that is not currently my primary focus. As part of the assessment process, I provide recommendations for school, home, and any helpful, validated therapies. 

© Samantha Simms Piper / Piper Child Psychology 2013