Early Life

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    Welcome to Early Life Child Psychology and Education Center

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    Helping Parents Find Answers


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    Bringing Hope to the Hopeless….


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    ….and Peace of Mind to Your Family


Helping Parents Find Answers

“Parents are, and must always be, the resident experts of their own children.”


Child Psychology and Academic Testing

                   in Salt Lake City, Utah

                  and Valencia, California


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. It’s the stewardship of every parent to concern themselves with the health of happiness of their kids. And at Early Life in South Jordan (with service near Salt Lake City and Draper, UT) and Valencia, California, our child psychologists and therapists are completely focused on helping children and their parents.

But how much should parents worry? It can be hard to know whether a child has an emotional, cognitive or achievement issue, or if they’re merely going through a phase. Conversely, what many parents consider “abnormal” is actually normal; parents are typically over-concerned, and for good reason. The importance of a child’s early years cannot be overstated. Seeking help from a child psychologist in Salt Lake City, Draper, South Jordan, or California is the first step toward ensuring the mental health of your son or daughter. If there is a problem, discovering and treating it early will eliminate or lessen their issues later in life. At Early Life Child Psychology and Education Center, we provide consultations and child testing to assess whether your child’s development is on the right track.

After consulting the parents, we’ll create a customized treatment program to put your child on the path toward wellness.

About Early Life Child Psychology and Education Center

Founded in 2010 by Dr. Frances Thompson, Dr. Gary Thompson (retired) and Dr. David Judd, Early Life hires only the most highly trained staff of educators, doctors, consultants and therapists. Through the application of rigorous testing, extensive consultations with parents and caregivers, we strive to deliver accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans via a collaborative partnership. Parents are, and must always be, the resident experts of their own children.


Early Life provides a comprehensive set of collaborative services to fit the varied and complex needs associated with emotional , cognitive, and achievement needs of children and teens.

Psycho-Educational Assessment

Developing a meticulous profile of a child or teen’s strengths and weaknesses is vital when determining how to best teach that person or when determining appropriate interventions, accommodations, public/private school placement, or with assisting parents with developing homeschooling options.

Emotional Assessment

Coping well with emotions is one of the major indications of successful child development. Emotionally stable children do better in school, make friends more easily, and are more confident.

Comprehensive Assessment

The most extensive type of child testing evaluation, comprehensive assessments, discerns the difference between the root causes of similar behaviors.

Early Development Intervention

These tests are meant to compare your newborn or toddler’s development to their peers.

Child/Teen Therapy Services

This includes assessment and therapy with, but not limited to:
• Behavioral Problems
• Depression
• Fear and Anxiety
• Loss, Grief and Trauma
• Family Conflict
• Divorce or Separation Issues
• Bullying, and Other Peer Interaction Problems
• Elimination Disorders (Encopresis, Enuresis)
• Feeding Difficulties for Infants
• Eating Disorders
• School Refusal
• Suicidal Ideations
• Sleep Difficulties

Psycho-Educational Cognitive-Academic Tutoring Services

Learning difficulties are among the most problematic to correct. Traditional tutoring is nearly useless with a certain percentage of bright, “quirky” children. Instead, learning difficulties need to be targeted, and these occur at the cognitive level. In addition, it is imperative to integrate a child’s emotional and personality characteristics into any tutoring treatment plan in order to achieve optimum performance. Our integrated tutoring services utilize the plethora of scientific and parental data obtain via comprehensive evaluations as the foundation for co-creating tutoring plans for your child or teen.

Call Early Life for a consultation if you live within a 50 mile radius of the areas of Salt Lake City, South Jordan, or Draper, Utah, or in Valencia, California.