When diagnosing and treating your child, Dr.
Hale's objective is to understand his or her potential and
to teach parents practical ways to achieve success at home.
He also works with your child's teacher and school to implement
classroom interventions that will optimize learning, increase
motivation, and reduce frustration.
Dr. Hale's evaluations are comprehensive.
When conducting a neuropsychological assessment, he evaluates
cognitive, emotional, social, & motivational factors,
- Academic progress & achievement
- Intellectual strengths & weaknesses
- Motivation to achieve
- Emotional well being
- Self-direction & effort
- Attention & concentration
- Sensory integration issues
- Learning style & preferences
- Developmental issues
- Social & communication skills
- Visual & verbal memory skills
- Abstract reasoning/problem solving
- Cognitive processing skills
Dr. Hale emphasizes many areas of functioning
that are not assessed during traditional school evaluations.
His background in neuropsychology helps him to understand
each child's unique way of learning and processing information.
Dr. Hale assesses information processing in two ways. He evaluates bottom up types of processing, which involves
basic skill development, attention, memory, and related skills, as well as top down processing, which involves reasoning,
problem solving, and self-direction.
Dr. Hale also focuses on meta-cognition, which
involves "learning how to learn." Schools usually
teach children what to learn, but not necessarily how to learn.
Meta-cognitive skills will help your child to slow down, stop
and think, and choose the "right tool for the job."
Kids with good meta-cognitive skills are more aware of how
they learn and how they correct mistakes. They are also more
likely to be aware of what motivates them to do well in school.
Dr. Hale has a strong interest in memory and mnemonic techniques. He utilizes dual encoding techniques, which help improve memorization skills by linking images to words. Rote memorization, or simply repeating information over and over again, is a poor way to learn. Mnemonic techniques provide better retention with less effort. He focuses on teaching mnemonic principles that children can apply to many learning situations. Students in elementary, middle, or high school, as well as college students, can benefit from these techniques.
Dr. Hale also utilizes multi-sensory learning techniques, including specialized programs for reading, math, and writing. He teaches methods of staying organized and attentive when doing homework.
He views every child as a special, wonderfully-made
creation of God. He believes that each child has been given
unique gifts and talents to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.