A Personalized Approach
Dr. Rappaport offers individualized, personalized attention, rather than using a standard approach to each client. Each person's case is handled with the utmost care, consideration, and focus. During the evaluation process, she is available to clients for discussion and questions during the day or in the evening.
Warm and Welcoming Environment
When evaluating a young child, adolescent or adults, it is important to establish a positive rapport and make each client feel comfortable. Dr. Rappaport believes in and creates a relaxed, fun and structured atmosphere to put clients at ease, even with a shy child, an angry adolescent, or an embarrassed adult.
Fast Turn Around
One crucial aspect of the testing process is the duration of the process from testing to receiving a final report. Some evaluation sights take as long as 6 months, an anxiety producing wait for parents. Dr. Rappaport commits to have answers for her clients within a month of the evaluation, allowing them to begin planning their therapeutic course quickly.
A Remediation Perspective
Dr. Rappaport is not only a psychologist, but also a learning specialist. She has tutored children in both private practice and institutions. Her recommendations about how to remediate a child who is having a difficult time academically are wrought with extensive experience. More than just recommendations she has a keen understanding of what needs to be done. This knowledge and experience is a crucial difference when planning the strategy for remediation.
The Right Number of Tests
Dr. Rappaport believes it is important to give just enough tests to really understand someone's functioning without excessive testing, to "fatten up" a report. Dr. Rappaport’s evaluations are thorough and appropriate, opting for more quality than quantity, making for the most efficient use of everyone’s time. Furthermore, Dr. Rappaport focuses on the identified issues and provides a thorough report, identifying key issues to ultimately lead to creating an excellent, individualized learning plan, tailor made for each client.
It Takes One to Know One
Finally, what helps Dr. Rappaport connect so well with her clients is her own history as a dyslexic. Having spent many years as a child struggling with feelings of humiliation and inadequacy in the classroom, she has a deep understanding of the psychosocial effects as well as the learning challenges that her clients live with. This background and personal understanding goes beyond what can be taught in a classroom, giving her a special sensitivity to break through barriers when children or adults are uncomfortable or embarrassed. She is often able to connect to her patients where others can not.