Dr. Cestnick has evaluated my now young adult son on multiple occasions through his adolescent years and now in his early adulthood. She evaluated him each time he has needed a re-evaluation for his IEP, and is now coaching him as he enters adulthood and tries to find employment.
She easily established a good rapport with him and engaged him in working hard, despite the challenges he faces. He has a complicated set of challenges and she was invested in sorting them out for a comprehensive picture of his strengths and limitations. When she identified a new issue that I, as fellow psychologist, believed was not supported by the data, she competently and thoughtfully talked with me about why the data she had gathered supported her diagnosis. Her approach provided the space for me to carefully consider and realize that the diagnosis was appropriate.
Dr. Cestnick has a great style of interacting with students, being very practical, down-to-earth, and affirming. She also brings this caring to her interactions with parents. In addition to the thorough assessment she provided, she offered a range of recommendations, and provided suggestions for negotiating with school personnel during IEP discussions.
Her combined skills and training in neuropsychology and education enable her not only to provide a comprehensive picture of complicated cases, but also to assist with ideas regarding parent advocacy, which is so essential.
As a parent who has dealt with special education professionals for most of my son’s life, and who has conducted psychological assessments, I have found Dr. Cestnick to be a committed, engaged, caring and resourceful professional who effectively works with students and parents.