You may be wondering why your child is having a hard time in school or maybe you suspect that your child has ADHD. A doctor or a teacher may have suggested that you get a psychoeducational evaluation. A psychoeducational evaluation will provide information about your child’s learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, and assist in understanding his/her poor school performance. Dr. Elisa Ulibarri Yoho, who specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families, offers these evaluations in her private practice.
Another issue Yoho deals with is adverse childhood experiences syndrome, or ACES. Yoho says, “Often students are diagnosed with ADHD, but it isn’t that at all. It’s important to intervene immediately, because many times, they are not ADHD. They just can’t pay attention because they’re constantly thinking about some specific event. It could be an incarcerated parent, a divorce, or the death of a family member. There are vastly different treatments for ACES versus ADHD, and counseling alone can often greatly help a student with ACES.” Yoho is bilingual, which helps her relate well to Hispanic students and parents. “We need to do everything possible to not retain a student. Grade retention can be one of those events that triggers ACES,” Yoho adds.
Yoho works in Polk County’s charter schools, but also at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rockledge one day a week as their school psychologist. She keeps office hours in Suntree regularly as well.
Yoho is a state licensed and nationally certified school psychologist with many years of experience in the public schools and as a guidance counselor in the private education sector. As a school psychologist, Yoho is highly trained in child development, learning, behavior, assessment, educational interventions, motivation and mental health.
She received a doctorate in psychology from Argosy University Sarasota and a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. A UCF graduate, Yoho received a doctorate in school psychology as an educational specialist. Her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology is in industrial and organizational psychology, and her B.A. is in psychology/applied behavior analysis, also from FIT.
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