Learning Assessment Center

The Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Learning Assessment Center (LAC) provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations to children and adolescents who are having difficulties keeping up with expectations at school. Our team of experts at the LAC provides evaluations of children who may be experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

  • Reading - including difficulties with decoding, phonemic awareness, reading fluency and reading comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Written Expression – including difficulties with handwriting and formal writing skills (e.g., spelling, mechanics, and organization of written material)
  • Attention and Concentration/Executive Functioning
  • Test Anxiety
  • Processing Speed
  • Difficulties with Memory

Typically, the results of our evaluations are used to help families decide how to best meet the educational needs of their child in the child’s school setting, and to help parents make decisions about school placement. Additionally, evaluation results can help support whether accommodations are necessary for standardized testing including the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACT College Readiness Test, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and the High School Placement Test (HSPT).     

The LAC is located on the campus of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, and is staffed by licensed psychologists currently credentialed and on faculty at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Before the first visit, families have the option of scheduling their initial consultation and feedback session on location, or from their home via secure videoconferencing through the Mt. Washington Telepsychology program. In most cases, psychoeducational testing can be completed in a single day, and rating forms can be completed from home or work by parents and teachers.

The Mt. Washington LAC is operated through Mt. Washington Pediatric Community Health Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Psychoeducational evaluations through the LAC are provided on a fee for service basis, via payment by cash, check, debit card or credit card. Our staff will provide detailed documentation to families who wish to submit to their insurance carrier for reimbursement.

Jill Gatzke, Psy.D, serves as Program Coordinator for the LAC.

To make an appointment or for more information, please call 410-578-5037.