Dr. Sara Mahan, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Work Cell: 678-439-6392
Helping toddlers, children, adolescents and their families reach their full potential and enhance their quality of life.
Dr. Sara Mahan provides psychological testing services and treatment to toddlers, children, adolescents and their families with a variety of presenting concerns and has a specialization in providing Autism services and services for other Developmental Disabilities (such as Intellectual Disability/Developmental Delay)
Dr. Sara Mahan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in providing Testing, Treatment, Caregiver Training, and Consultation for a variety of concerns and questions that arise when raising toddlers, children, and adolescents. She also provides services to toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and their families with Developmental Disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disability).
Dr. Sara Mahan provides Testing, Treatment, and Consultation services for the following concerns:
- Developmental Disordersand Concerns such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delays, and Learning Differences.
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Concerns such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiance, and specific behavioral difficulties of tantrums, aggression, self-injury, noncompliance, defiance, and stereotypic behavior, among others.
- Social-Emotional Disorders and Concerns such as Anxiety, Stress, and Adjustment concerns
- Other: toileting consultations
Testing and/or Treatmentis often helpful if your child is experiencing difficulties in the following areas: socially, completing daily living skills, delays across a variety of skills, problem behavior, mealtime, toileting, fears, avoidance of activities, academic difficulties, prerequisite learning skills (staying seated, paying attention, work completion, etc.), self-esteem, inattention, impulsivity, self-monitoring, and planning/organization skills to list some.
The intake session is typically 1 hour and is used to gain understanding about the presenting concern, goals of the client and family, as well as the appropriate level of testing/assessment and treatment.
Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing
- Developmental Disabilityincluding Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, and/or Intellectual Disability.
- Comprehensive Psychological and Psychoeducational Evaluationfor a variety of concerns including Learning Disorders, ADHD and other Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Anxiety Disorder and other Social-Emotional-Behaviorl Disorders.
- Individual Education Evaluations for local school districts.
- Psychological Evaluation for Katie Beckett Waiver application
- Psychoeducational Evaluations for Private School Admission
Psychological Testing typically takes 3-6 direct testing hours depending on the referral question and age of your child. The testing of infants include a caregiver present the entire time in the room. The testing of toddlers includes portions of testing with a caregiver present in the room but sometimes has a caregiver present the entire time. Additional testing or school observations are scheduled as needed. All Psychological Testing includes an intake session, testing sessions, and a feedback session with the caregivers to discuss the results and recommendations. At the feedback session a report reviewing results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations are discussed and provided.
Functional Behavioral Assessment(FBA) and subsequent treatment and/or development of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), also referred to as a Behavior Support Plan (BSP). FBAs are completed to help determine the environmental reasons why a problem behavior occurs so that treatment specifically targets these aspects. Research and clinical experience has demonstrated that function based treatment for problem behaviors are optimal. The time to complete an FBA varies based on the problem behavior of concern and individual characteristics of the problem behavior displayed. All FBA include a feedback session with the caregivers to discuss results and recommendations as well as a written report outlining the assessment process, results, and recommendations.
Individual, Family, and Parent Training are provided.
Treatment sessions are typically 45-60 minutes and the frequency of these sessions depends on the needs of the child and their family. Caregivers are always involved in treatment in some manner. The extent of caregiver involvement depends upon the presenting concern, goals of the family, and child goals.