Jim Forgan, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Forgan is a licensed school psychologist in Jupiter, Florida which is in Palm Beach County, Florida. Dr. Forgan has two children and he understands giftedness, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADD/ADHD from the parent and professional perspective. He specializes in helping parents help children. Dr. Forgan is a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology and a Barton certified dyslexia testing specialist.
He is 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 eleven books that are published by national publishers and in bookstores including Raising Boys with ADHD, Raising Girls with ADHD, and The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties.He is also the creator of the Terrific Teddy series of children’s books to help explain learning differences to children.
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, Asperger’s, etc. Dr. Forgan also evaluates students for the Palm Beach gifted schools program, Broward 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 through college age adults. A unique part of Dr. Forgan’s full testing process is that (with your permission) he will talk to your child’s teacher on the phone to gather important school information because most of the time that’s where the child struggles most. He gathers input from parents, teachers, the child, and through his observations. 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. Her most current work includes being a mom and private reading tutor using the Orton-Gillingham based multisensory Barton Reading and Spelling System. She also provides gifted and dyslexia screenings.
Lyndsy Lyons-Howard, Ed.S.
Lyndsy is a nationally board certified school psychologist and mom. In private practice she tests children using Dr. Forgan’s protocol and assesses for ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and gifted. Lyndsy is also employed by the school district and has ample experience working with children of all ages. She received her school psychology specialist degree from the University of Central Florida.
Rachel Salinger, M. A.
Rachel is in the school psychology doctoral program at the University of Delaware and doing her internship in Palm Beach. Rachel works under Dr. Forgan’s supervision and tests for gifted, ADHD, and learning disabilities. She recently co-presented with Dr. Forgan on stress at a local counselor conference.