Psychologist, Devon Redmond celebrates 2 years at C&FD

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Devon Redmond!

Devon Redmond PhD is a psychologist at at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, the doctor celebrates 2 years!  

She shares this tidbit:

"Working in mental health has actually been my dream job since childhood.  It all started with an affinity for Alan Thicke’s character on “Growing Pains,” the psychiatrist Dr. Jason Seaver.  Being a psychologist definitely plays to my strengths more than if I’d let “Designing Women” or “Alf” dictate my life choices."  

Don't you love this, who knew?!?  

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Topics: Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Don't Take Our Word For It! Above & Beyond Psycho-Educational Service

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Educator, Jessica DeLing MEd and psychologist, Devon Redmond PhD work in tandem regularly at Child and Family Development- Midtown to provide psychoeducational assessments to children, teens and young adults.  

A recent client survey included this comment: "We are very pleased with the services we received at C&FD!  Their experts gave so much clarification to what is going on with our son.  They truly went above and beyond to help us.  Thank you!”

Read more about psychoeducational evaluations here.          

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Topics: Jessica DeLing, Devon Redmond, C&FD Educational Services, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Testimonials

ADHD Medication Overview

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

One common question during psychoeducational evaluation parent conferences is, “How exactly does ADHD medication work?”  A recent article published by The Understood Team called “ADHD Medication: A Glance at How it Works” helps illuminate this subject.  Devon Redmond PhD, Child and Family Development psychologist, provides this summary: 

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Topics: Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Mental Health Awareness Month: C&FD Psychological Services

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Psychologists help kids, teens and young adults live life to the fullest.  

They work closely with educators and other developmental therapists to understand the learning needs of school-aged children, adolescents and young adults during psycho-educational evaluations.  

Click here to read more about psycho-educational evaluations.  

Psychologists provide a variety of services including:

EVALUATIONS
  • Psycho-educational 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Social/ Emotional/ Behavioral Adjustment 
  • Neuropsychology  
  • School Readiness
  • College Accommodations 
TREATMENTS
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Groups

Our psychologists hold Doctorate degrees and are experienced diagnosticians. 

We help kids, adolescents and young adults with difficulties, including but not limited to:

  • ADHD and other attention difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning Differences and learning disabilities

Click here for more information about the psychology team at Child and Family Development!

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are celebrating our team.  

We help kids, adolescents and young adults with difficulties, including but not limited to:

  • ADHD and other attention difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning Differences and learning disabilities

MIDTOWN

  • Shavonda Bean LPA
  • Gretchen Hunter PhD
  • Aleks Liss PsyD
  • Devon Redmond PhD

PINEVILLE

  • Amanda Cummings PhD
  • Brandyn Street PsyD
  • Chris Vrabel PhD 

Click here for more information about the psychologists at Child and Family Development!

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean

Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations at C&FD

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

April is Autism Awarness Month!

Three psychologists at Child and Family Development offer Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluations and related services.

  • Devon Redmond PhD
  • Brandyn Street PsyD
  • Chris Vrabel PhD

ASD primarily affects three areas of behavior:

  • communication
  • social interactions or connectedness
  • behavioral rigidity

Because autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed based on behavior, the evaluation includes both formal assessments, as well as structured play and interaction scenarios.  Standardized tests are used for this purpose, and may include:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
  • Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS)
  • Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) 
  • Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior System-Second Edition (Vineland)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence- Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)

The Wechsler scales are widely used and broadly accepted tests of cognitive skills for children with and without developmental delays or learning differences.  The ADOS is a semi-structured assessment that specifically examines those behaviors commonly associated with autism.  Other standardized instruments and informal measures may be used as needed to determine the presence of the behavioral characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Of course, each evaluation is designed to address the particular needs of each child and family. In addition to addressing the impact of behaviors often associated with autism, comprehensive evaluations may include an assessment of cognitive and intellectual skills, educational performance, social/emotional adjustment and independent living skills.

Similar to our Psychological-Educational evaluations, an ASD evaluation will include an Intake appointment with the parents or caregivers, several evaluation sessions, and an Interpretative Parent Conference providing results and recommendations.

The cost of the evaluation depends on several factors, including:

  • age of the child
  • the complexity of the testing
  • the unique needs of each child

Typically, testing is completed over three sessions. At times, two sessions are adequate. Our focus is on providing the best testing environment and ensuring that each child has the time and energy to do their very best. As a part of a multi-disciplinary practice, we can also assist in coordination of care with other therapists, including speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, educators and a psychiatrist.

Our April 22 Autism Conference in Charlotte will feature Dr. Gary Mesibov, a renowned expert.  This day-long conference is focused on understanding the neurological differences that research has identified between people with ASD and typical learners and then adjusting educational, clinical, and community-based programs to more closely match the learning styles and needs of those with ASD. The presentations will describe some of the learning differences that have been identified in people with ASD (referred to as The Culture of Autism) and show how these can be accommodated by making evidence-based appropriate adaptations in how interventions are created and delivered. Emphasis will be on strategies for teaching skills that will be needed to help those with ASD to achieve the highest quality of life possible and also on reviewing new approaches that are on the horizon.

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD 2016 Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluations at C&FD

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Three psychologists at Child and Family Development offer Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluations and related services.

  • Devon Redmond PhD
  • Brandyn Street PsyD
  • Chris Vrabel PhD

 

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Psychologist, Devon Redmond leads social media workshop on March 1

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Devon Redmond PhD, a psychologist at the Midtown office, is leading a community presentation at The Fletcher School Rankin Institute on Children & Social Media

This workshop will he helpful to parents who want to help their child navigate the online world safely and appropriately.  Dr. Redmond will review some of the most popular social media sites and explore the misconceptions about social media use by kids.  She will provide practical guidelines and strategies for parents to help their child navigate the online world safely and appropriately.  Other topics will include the prevalence of social media use by children and cyberbullying. 

Date:  March 1, 2016

Time: 7-8:30 PM

Place:  Rankin Room at The Fletcher School

Cost: $10.00

Contact: Laura Hutchinson, lhutchison@thefletcherschool.org, 704-365-4658, ext 1155

Click here to visit the Rankin Institute website for information and registration. 

The psychologists at Child and Family Development offer individual psychotherapy that can address a wide range of difficulties including autism, attention and executive functioning difficulties, mood issues, emotional regulation, anger management, family problems and overall adjustment issues. 

 

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Child and Family Development celebrates 1 year with psychologist, Devon Redmond

Friday, Jan 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Devon Redmond, Ph.D. 

Dr. Redmond is a psychologist at the Midtown office and is celebrating one year at Child and Family Development this month. 

Her specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness and Social Skills.  

A fellow psychologist shares: 

Devon Redmond has been a wonderful addition to our team.  She is an extremely knowledgeable and well trained psychologist, who brings expertise in children with ASD as well as a special interest in psychotherapy with adolescents. She has a warm style and quick wit which I appreciate. Families adore her and colleagues find her easy to collaborate with. I look forward to our continued work together.

She is a (twinkle twinkle) star on our multidisciplinary team! 

 

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Psychologist, Devon Redmond, reviews study about autism traits in boys and girls

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Redmond, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development. Recently, she reviewed the results of a study in Molecular Autism about the disparity of traits of autism in girls versus boys. 

She shares that research has confirmed what many have been noticing anecdotally — females on the autism spectrum are significantly less likely than males to display repetitive behaviors and restricted interests (e.g., hand flapping, overly focused interests).   It is important to be aware of how autism may present differently by gender to ensure accurate and early diagnosis.  

Click here to read the article that summarizes the study.  

3 of our 7 psychologists, including Dr. Redmond, specialize in ASD evaluations and offer therapy services to support children and families living with autism.  They are in-network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and Primary Physician Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits. 

 

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Social Skills Group for Girls

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 by Child & Family Development

This summer, two psychologists at Child and Family Development are offering a Social Skills group for girls, ages 7-12 years old.

There are available spots for the following group:  

GIRL'S GROUP: August 3-6

Objectives

The Social Skills Group is designed to be an enjoyable way for children to get support and insight from their peers, with the facilitation from a child psychologist. The psychologist leads discussions and introduces positive strategies for interacting with others. 

 

Activities and topics will include:

  • confidence building
  • conversational skills
  • coping strategies
  • mindfulness
  • peer review
  • role play
  • social situation practice response
  • turn taking 

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child feel and be more connected to others.  Each person participates in group discussions and will have the opportunity to share experiences and get feedback from others.

Prior to the first group session, a psychologist will complete a brief screen to ensure that participation is beneficial, largely based on conversational skills.  

Click here for a printable flyer. 

Scheduling

Groups are scheduled on Monday-Thursday for 1-hour sessions from 1:00-2:00 PM. 

Cost 

A family may pay privately or use insurance. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply.  Prior authorization applies, as applicable by funding source.  Group services are $60/session.          

Contact  

Call the Midtown office at 704-332-4834 to connect with a psychologist: 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD, LPA

ext. 136

aliss@childandfamilydevelopment.com

Devon Redmond, PhD

ext. 126

dredmond@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

 

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Social Skills Groups with C&FD psychologists

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 by Child & Family Development

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This summer, two psychologists at Child and Family Development are offering Social Skills groups for kids, ages 7-12 years old.

There are available spots for the following groups:  

BOYS GROUP: July 27-30

GIRLS GROUP: August 3-6

Objectives

The Social Skills Group is designed to be an enjoyable way for children to get support and insight from their peers, with the facilitation from a child psychologist. The psychologist leads discussions and introduces positive strategies for interacting with others. 

Activities and topics will include:

  • confidence building
  • conversational skills
  • coping strategies
  • mindfulness
  • peer review
  • role play
  • social situation practice response
  • turn taking 

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child feel and be more connected to others.  Each person participates in group discussions and will have the opportunity to share experiences and get feedback from others.

Prior to the first group session, a psychologist will complete a brief screen to ensure that participation is beneficial, largely based on conversational skills.  

Click here for a printable flyer. 

Scheduling

Groups are scheduled on Monday-Thursday for 1-hour sessions from 1:00-2:00 PM. 

Cost 

A family may pay privately or use insurance. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply.  Prior authorization applies, as applicable by funding source.  Group services are $60/session.          

Contact  

Call the Midtown office at 704-332-4834 to connect with a psychologist: 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD, LPA

ext. 136

aliss@childandfamilydevelopment.com

Devon Redmond, PhD

ext. 126

dredmond@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

 

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Don't Take Our Word For It: Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Recently, a new client survey was returned with a wonderful note about the multidisciplinary approach at Chlid and Family Development that includes occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychology services!

“The therapists (Melissa Petcu OT & Allison Parker SLP) and the doctor (Devon Redmond PSY)  are all great!”

Read more testimonials on our blog.  

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Topics: Melissa Petcu, Allison Parker, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Testimonials

counseling for kids and teens

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The psychologists at Child and Family Development offer a variety of counseling and treatment services: 

  • Individual Psychotherapy: Therapy can address a wide range of difficulties, including ADHD, autism, executive functioning difficulties, mood issues, emotional regulation, anger, management, family problems and overall adjustment issues.
  • Family Therapy: We often recommend that the whole family to be involved in counseling to learn different ways of interacting and resolving problems.
  • Groups: Peers have a strong influence in a child’s life. Group therapy channels this influence in a positive manner and can be powerful in changing behavior. The development of expressive and social skills, and healthy peer relationships and support systems in a safe environment is the goal of the group. We provide options for children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other difficulties.
  • CogMed Working Memory Training: An innovative home-based computer program that helps people with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Visit www.cogmed.com for more information and a free webinar.  

All 6 psychologists hold Doctorate degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and Primary Physician Care. Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits. Good news, more folks are joining the team soon! 

Read more about our psychology services here.    

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Psychologists are mindful of Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Brochure_PSYThe Child and Family Development team of 6 psychologists is celebrating Mental Health Awareness this month!

MIDTOWN OFFICE 

 

Gretchen Hunter, PhD

 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD

 

Devon Redmond, PhD

 

PINEVILLE OFFICE

 

Joy Granetz, PhD

 

Brandyn Street, PhD

 

Chris Vrabel, PsyD

 

All of our therapists hold Doctorate degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and Primary Physician Care. Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Media attention on adults with autism spectrum disorder

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 by Child & Family Development

We have noticed more and more media attention on aging people with autism spectrum disorder and their access to support and care. 

  • Jessica Hoffarth, MS, OTR/L, found this article from Tom Insel, MD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) about the Autism CARES Act (for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support). The law ensures the continued work of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), but it also brings new opportunities to focus attention on an area of concern for many parents—what happens when their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) mature into adulthood? 
  • This month, NBC featured a story titled "You Don't Outgrow Autism..." on Dateline about individuals aging out of access to public and private support programs and the impact it can have on their functional skills and daily life.  
  • The TEACCH program from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill spotlighted their supported employment program providing job coaches for autistic adults and T-STEP (TEACCH School Transition to Employment Program) on their website

Child and Family Development supports this media exposure and offers evaluation and treatment services for kids, teens and young adults with autism. Read more about our services here

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Topics: Jessica Hoffarth, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Devon Redmond, psychologist and autism expert

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Devon Redmond, Ph.D. is a psychologist at Child and Family Development and an expert in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

During Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Redmond shares some of what motivates her work:

"I enjoy working with individuals on the spectrum from early childhood through adulthood, from the first diagnosis and early intervention, to leading young adult social groups where we talk about current events, pop culture, and issues facing young adults today. 

I love that we learn more and more about autism everyday, and that it’s becoming common knowledge that individuals on the spectrum, just like neurotypicals, have unique perspectives, insights, and experiences that make the world a better and more interesting place to live."    

Read more about our autism testing services here.  

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Could it be Autism?

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Three psychologists at Child and Family Development are experts in autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

  • Devon Redmond, Ph.D.
  • Brandyn Street, Ph.D.
  • Chris Vrabel, Psy.D.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often present with:

  • social communication difficulties
  • poor social interactions 
  • restricted interests and/or repetitive behaviors

This can include difficulty with back-and-forth conversations or joint play, poor use of eye contact, difficulty maintaining age-appropriate friendships, as well as unusual interests, repetitive behaviors or excessive adherence to routines.

Our psychologists provide comprehensive and timely assessment and treatment for families seeking a diagnosis and support. 

  • Our evaluations begin with a parent interview
  • Diagnostics include intellectual testing, formal assessment of social and communication skills (using a test such as the ADOS-2) and behavioral questionnaires that are completed by parents and teachers.
  • During the Interpretive Parent Conference, the results are reviewed and recommendations for therapy, school or community interventions are shared. 
  • A written report follows in about 4 weeks.

There is no waiting list for services. 

We will file to many insurance plans on an in-network or out-of-network basis. 

Read more about our autism testing services here.  

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Autism Society of Mecklenburg County promoting #Autism Uniquely You

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 by Child & Family Development

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are proud to collaborate with the Autism Society of Mecklenburg County and the Autism Society of North Carolina

Here is their latest program: 

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and to assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging everyone to become partners in the movement of creating a world where all people, regardless of diagnosis, are treated with respect and dignity and are appreciated for who they are. Awareness is only one step in our journey. We see clear progression from awareness to action to inclusion and acceptance resulting in appreciation of the value of our differences and the unique gifts we all have to offer--so this year we celebrate April by celebrating Uniquely You.

That’s why this month, we’re launching #AutismUniquelyYou - a month-long social media campaign celebrating self-identity and acceptance and appreciation for how each of us does our part to make the world a better place for autism. #AutismUniquelyYou invites people to share their individuality and reflect on differences in us all. The campaign invites people of all ages* to get creative, paint their hands, make a video or take a picture of the final product, tag it and share it on social media and encourage others to do the same! Visit the Facebook page of the Autism Society of America or your favorite local affiliate and “like us” and consider a donation to support this great campaign. It’s fun and it’s simple - all you need is a camera, paint and your favorite surface to get started. It’s a self-affirming message that people of all ages can get behind. We want everyone to take action and embrace appreciation during National Autism Awareness Month!

How will you celebrate National Autism Awareness Month? Join in the fun and get involved in the following ways:

  • Be Unique. Be You. Create your #AutismUniquelyYou hand-print image, tag it and share it with your social media followers. Invite at least 5 others to join the fun and show their unique style
  • Post the #NAAM15 badge to all of your social media and encourage your family, friends and coworkers to do the same
  • Purchase a totally awesome limited-edition autism awareness shirt from our online store and show your autism pride (there are several styles available but quantities are limited so don’t delay)
  • Attend an autism awareness event in your community - remember to support your local Autism Society affiliate
  • Create a project utilizing the ribbon image, theme or other autism imagery for your audiences and tag us/share with us!
  • Recognize someone who is affected by autism and post your nomination on social media and tag #AutismUniquelyYou so we can share your story.
  • Follow #NAAM15 and #AutismUniquelyYou to join the conversation throughout the month of April

 

The Child and Family Development team of more than 30 therapists provides services to kids with autism including:  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy, as well as Educational and Psychological testing and counseling.  Read about our ASD testing services here

  

 

 

 

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

April is Autism Awareness Month!

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Day!

 

These observances offer the opportunity to highlight the increasing number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the substantial burden on families and health, educational and other support services, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the unique perspectives of those living with ASD.

Visit the Center for Disease Control to learn more.  

Throughout the month, the Child and Family Development blog will contain information about autism spectrum disorders, including:

Our team of more than 30 therapists provides services to kids with autism including:  Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy, as well as Educational and Psychological testing and counseling.  

Don't forget to Light It Up Blue on April 2 and all month! 

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

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