Unique learners are often not recognized for their gifts and struggle to reach their full potential in our society. Those who are both gifted and learning disabled tend to face the greatest challenges. From the beginning of their formal school years, unique learners find themselves facing challenges in a society and school environment which often neither recognize nor foster “exceptionalities.” Elementary students often do not get the evaluation and support services they need. Middle and high school students often flounder in an unstructured environment. Adults struggle to maintain jobs and personal relationships.
Child and Family Psychological Services Clinic is a Wisconsin State Certified Mental Health Clinic which offers assessment, diagnosis, advocacy, treatment and assistance with school, post secondary training and work issues for unique learners and those who care about them. We also offer outpatient mental health treatment of emotional, cognitive and learning disorders. The clinic was founded in 1980 by Dr. Diana Sauter and Nira Scherz-Busch MS, the current owner and director.
Our clinical staff includes Nira Scherz-Busch, MS Licensed Private Practice School Psychologist and Celia L. Huerta, MS, LPC, Bilingual Therapist. Mr. Felix (‘Trey”) Mireles, a Psychology Professor at Madison College (Madison Area Technical College), is also available for assessments and therapy at our Clinic. Mr. Mireles is presently completing his practicum for an LPC license at Child and Family Psychological Services. Our clinicians specialize in assessing, diagnosing, treating and advocating for unique learners – Gifted/ Talented learners, “Twice Exceptional” learners who may have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, high-functioning ASD and related mental health disorders.
We provide ecological assessments and evaluations aimed at knowing and understanding the “whole person,” their background, mental health, social/ emotional functioning. If necessary, we visit and assess our client’s schools, workplace, and/or home environment, observing their daily activities in addition to conducting individualized testing using standardized and nationally normed tests and measurements.
Our assessments are accepted as disability documentation for :
- IEPs and Section 504 Plans
- Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) an evaluation of a child for the purposes of determining a special education program at the expense of their school district of residence.
- National test centers (ACT, SAT, GRE, L-SAT, etc)
- State and Federal agencies serving unique learners (Vocational Rehibilitation departments; SSI; SSDI, etc)
- Workplace accommodations such as: State and Federal Statures protecting individuals with disabilities, such as: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, etc
College & University Students
Employees & Employers
Adults working with vocational rehabilitation & human services organizations
Child Advocates and Attorneys
Giftedness and “Twice-Exceptional” learners
ADD/ADHD/Executive Function Disorders
Nonverbal Learning Disablity
Asperger’s Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism