Child development is complex, adventurous, and for some parents, frustrating. As children become older, they change rapidly both cognitively and emotionally. This includes physical growth, varied social interactions, and intellectual progress—all in a relatively short amount of time. These transformations are hard for children and adolescents to cope with, but a child’s development also presents challenges to the parents. The stewardship of every parent to concern themselves with the health and happiness of their kids. At Early Life located in Sherman Oaks and Valencia, California, our child psychologists and therapists are completely focused on helping children, teens, adults, individuals, and families.

Psycho-Educational Assessment

Obtaining an accurate profile of a student’s cognitive, achievement and behavioral strengths and weaknesses is essential when determining how best to teach that student or when determining appropriate interventions, therapy, and accommodations. Evaluations obtained in public school settings are designed with a different purpose in mind, and may not be what is in the best interest for your child.

Cognitive Tutoring

A wide range of studies confirms that 80% of many learning difficulties cannot be corrected with traditional tutoring and instruction. Instead, these struggles often require improving skills at the brain’s cognitive level. Cognitive skills are not reading, writing, or math, but rather the fundamental tools and underlying mental abilities required for long-term academic success. 

Emotional Assessment

Emotions play an important role in successful child development. Children who cope well with emotions and have good social skills are generally more confident, make friends easily, and demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning.

Cognitive / Gifted Admissions Testing

Many private and independent schools in Salt Lake City, South Jordan, and Draper require cognitive tests as part of the admissions process. Cognitive tests may also be needed for application to gifted programs at public schools. The type of cognitive testing most often used for school admissions is commonly known as an I.Q. test.


We work with all individuals, families, and couples ages 3 and up. Additionally, we have social groups for children, tweens and teens, adult processing, and rotating topics as needed.

Some Areas of Expertise:

Anxiety and Depression, ADHD, Autism, Trauma, Functional Neurological disorders, Eating disorders, as well as a wide range of other specialties.

Group Therapy – California Only

Please call (661) 437-3287 for specific times and dates

High School

Emotional Support Group

Held by Joanne Sabolic

Middle School

Emotional Support Group

Held by Jennifer Crockett

Elementary & Below

Emotional Support Group

Held by Kristina Waldron

Parent Support

Emotional Support Group

Held by Kristina Waldron