We specialize in helping you help your child. Our services identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint what’s interfering so you have a clear understanding on how to best help your child.
Jim Forgan, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Forgan is a licensed school psychologist in Jupiter, Florida which is in Palm Beach County, Florida. Dr. Forgan specializes in helping parents help children. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology and a Barton certified dyslexia testing specialist.
He is also a tenured special education professor at Florida Atlantic University where he conducts research and instructs teachers how to assess and teach students with various learning or social disorders. This keeps him on the cutting edge of knowing the best treatments and tools to help children and parents.
Dr. Forgan has written more than seven books that are published by national publishers and in bookstores including Raising Girls with ADHD, The ADHD Empowerment Guide, and The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties.
In his private practice he specializes in evaluating children for dyslexia, reading problems, dyscalculia (math problems), dysgraphia (writing problems), ADHD/ ADD, processing problems, learning issues, and social-emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression, opposition, autism/Asperger’s, etc. Dr. Forgan also evaluates students for the Palm Beach gifted schools program, Martin County schools, Stuart, and Port St. Lucie gifted programs. Dr. Forgan uses a strength based approach to identifying the child’s strengths as well as needs. Many times school personnel and others overlook the child’s strengths and tend to focus on the negative problems. Focusing only on negative attributes can damage self-esteem. Kids need to know their natural talents and strengths.
Dr. Forgan evaluates children age 4.5 through college age adults. You will find Dr. Forgan’s recommendations regarding your child useful and extensive. His reports focus on understandable terms and specific recommendations matched to your child. He believes in making information practical and applicable.
Dr. Forgan graduated from the University of Miami and is a certified dyslexia testing specialist and recommended by Susan Barton, an international expert on dyslexia and creator of the Barton Reading and Spelling System. He evaluates students for dyslexia using a unique battery of tests. Dyslexia is something that psychologists in most public schools do not test for. Dr. Forgan has the ideal background for evaluating and helping students in pre-k through college because he started his career as a special education teacher. His evaluation recommendations are based on years of working with students in the classroom. Prior to earning his Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Dr. Forgan was a teacher of students with learning disabilities and emotional disorders. He knows firsthand how to help struggling learners! Call (561) 625 4125 to discuss how he can help you and your child.
Peggy Forgan, M.S.
Peggy Forgan holds a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida State University. Mrs. Forgan is certified in K-12 ESE and Age 3-3rd grade General Education. She has spent her career in the field of education, including teaching, tutoring, consulting and working at FAU. She is a reading specialist and private reading tutor using the Orton-Gillingham based multisensory Barton Reading and Spelling System.
Emily Forgan, Ed.S.
Emily Forgan is a nationally certified school psychologist. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her bachelors in Elementary Education and Florida State University with her Master and Specialist degrees in School Psychology. While attending FSU, Emily worked as an evaluator at the Adult Learning Evaluation Center where she tested college students and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, and more. Emily currently works as a school psychologist for the School District of Palm Beach County. She specializes in the process that public schools must follow in order for a student to be eligible for a 504 Accommodation Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP).
In private practice she tests students for giftedness, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. She often tests high school and college students who may need accommodations on the SAT, ACT, or GRE. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Palm Beach Association of School Psychologists and in her free time enjoys spending time with her dog and volunteering in children’s ministry.
Kathryn Picano-Morton, Ed.S.
Kathryn is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist. She earned her Educational Specialist and Master’s degrees from Florida State University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Kathryn has worked as a school psychologist for Martin County School District and is currently an adjunct instructor for Concordia University’s College of Education graduate program teaching trauma and resiliency in educational settings. She has experience working with individuals with cognitive and developmental delays, autism, specific learning disabilities, giftedness, and other varying exceptionalities from Pre-K through college. Kathryn conducts evaluations to determine educational needs, learning characteristics, and behavioral needs relevant to educational planning. Additionally, she consults related to Exceptional Student Educational services and eligibility requirements, Individualized Education Plans, Section 504 eligibility requirements and accommodation plans.