Dr. Robin McEvoy is a developmental neuropsychologist practicing in Denver, Colorado. She evaluates and diagnoses a wide range of learning disabilities and learning needs in children, adolescents and adults. This includes the identification of reading disabilities such as dyslexia. She then works with the family to develop a treatment plan to remediate the weaknesses and accentuate strengths. In addition to her private practice, Dr. McEvoy is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. McEvoy has authored a children’s book, Buddy: A Story for Dyslexia (illustrated by her daughter). She is the co-author/editor of the recently published book, Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Attention.
- Child Decoded – inspired by the tough expectations and increase in labeling/diagnoses of academic/social development.
- Using a master checklist as a guide for finding what it is they need
- Checklist is a triage
- Looking under the surface – physical/biomedical limitations
- Diet and gut and neurons
- Parents navigating all the services for their children with complex issues – and feeling as though no one else can “see” their child the way that they can
- Gather evidence with video and photo to share information about your child
- Child Decoded fills that gap for parents to go from “I have worries” to restarting when parents feeling stuck in the treatment/not sure what to do or where to go next
- Modify the environment vs supporting our kids in living in the “real world”
- Paradigm shift – we can be seeing every child in a more holistic way, look at every child as an individual… Mind AND body
- Current lens – we tend to treat at the symptom level with the “quickest” approach (lots of times with meds)
- Sometimes the answer is really simple
- Complimentary/Alternative medicine
- Both/and mindset… so many solutions in both western and eastern medicine
- Putting together the team – who is needed?
- How do you support parents with overwhelm and loneliness as they advocate for their kids…? Find support on the internet/social media – be proactive in seeking out support
- Breathe – complex issues or not, you are in this for the long haul
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