Diagnoses & Disorders

At Live Oak, we offer comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments for children with a variety of concerns including developmental, attention, learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Assessments typically include direct observation of the child across a variety of environments in addition to testing in the clinic.

Diagnoses and Disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Learning Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Syndromes such as Down Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Hearing Loss
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders


Psychoeducational and Developmental Evaluations:

Common referral reasons include testing for:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness

The assessment process includes the following:

  • Parent Interview (60-90 minutes)
  • Behavior Rating Scales and questionnaires completed by parents and teachers
  • Teacher interview (if appropriate)
  • Direct observation of child within the clinic as well as at daycare or school
  • **Additional fees may apply • Intellectual Testing (1-2 hours)
  • Achievement Testing (1-2 hours)
  • Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (if appropriate) (1 hour)
  • Scoring, Interpretation and Written Report (time varies)
  • Feedback session with Parents to discuss report and treatment recommendations (1 hour)

Occupational Therapy Assessments:
Occupational Therapy evaluations are conducted in the clinic or school setting (where available) and include parent/child interview as well as a battery of standardized tests. Results and recommendations are provided to the family in an individualized report.

Referral Requirements
Referrals are required from the child’s primary care physician or specialty physician.
Please call our office at (985) 327-7256 for more information.

Speech Therapy Assessments:
Before receiving speech therapy, a full speech and language evaluation is needed. The purpose of the evaluation is to measure the child’s overall communication skills. An evaluation includes standardized testing, structured tasks, play-based tasks, clinical observation, and parental report. Specific assessments and tasks are selected based on the child’s chronological age. Before the evaluation, a case history form is needed to provide the Speech-Language Pathologist with background information on the child’s developmental, and medical history. The comprehensive evaluation is very important as the results determine the child’s needs. Evaluation results and a treatment plan will be discussed with the child’s parents prior to beginning therapy.

Feeding Assessments:
Feeding evaluations are typically conducted by members of our feeding team from both the psychology and speech and language department in order to assess all areas of need. Both therapists will meet with the family and child in order to obtain historical information related to the development of the feeding disorder. Additionally, a meal is conducted in the clinic in order to observe the child’s oral motor skills as well as refusal behaviors. Parents are highly encouraged to bring a video of a meal conducted in the child’s home to the initial session.

Once a treatment plan is developed, the feeding team will work individually with the child. Parent involvement is a critical feature of treatment, as the therapists will develop a feeding protocol that will be implemented by parents at home in order to promote generalization and treatment gains.

Consultations with physicians and nutritionists are available as needed. Referral to intensive feeding programs will also be made if deemed necessary by the feeding team.