Neighborhood Neuropsychology provides diagnostic, neuropsychological, psycho-educational, and psychological assessments and intervention planning to children, adolescents and young adults.
Using standardized assessments of cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional functioning for school-aged children, teenagers, and young adults, we provide a detailed picture of an individuals’ overall mental functioning relative to a normative population of same-age peers.
The purpose of assessment is to provide greater understanding of the individual, and to use this understanding to develop the most effective, individually tailored, non-drug intervention plan. Assessment results can also help qualify individuals for additional support, services and accommodations.
Areas of assessment include:
- Learning disability
- Developmental disorders
- Neurological conditions
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Traumatic brain injury & concussion
- Tic disorders
- Seizure disorders
- Social, emotional and behavioral disorders
- Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders
- Psychological functioning
- Sensory processing/integration
Psychotherapy is offered to adolescents and young adults with social, emotional and behavioral challenges and a wide range of diagnostic issues including (but not limited to): depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, issues related to sexual identity, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, and Tourette’s Syndrome.
We use evidence-based treatments (including CBT) and incorporate various therapeutic styles in our work with children and families in order to tailor effective therapeutic orientations that work for each individual.
Areas of specialty treatment include treating anxiety-related disorders, depression, ADHD, emotion regulation and behavioral disorders, as well as supporting families with children on the autism spectrum.
Functional Behavior Analysis
Functional behavior analysis (FBA) helps identify the personal, social and environmental factors that cause and reinforce a child’s problematic and disruptive behavior. This is often an important first step in developing effective, cost-effective non-drug treatment strategies to help a child function more adaptively in the classroom or other social setting.
FBA’s also provide a more detailed picture of the frequency and intensity of the problematic behaviors. This information can help determine the extent of services necessary to help resolve them. FBA’s can also inform decisions about appropriate classroom placement, and best-matched behavioral strategies and disciplinary practices. FBA’s are provided as a stand-alone evaluation or as part of a larger evaluation of an individual’s functioning.
Functional behavior analysis (FBA) is conducted in natural settings, such as a classroom, where behaviors of concern tend to arise.
Advocacy and Outreach
For clients who have had an assessment with Neighborhood Neuropyschology, reaching out to schools and other care providers to advocate on their behalf is often an important next step. Outreach and advocacy is more than just explaining the findings of test results and recommendations.
Outreach services to schools helps to open up dialogue with the school team in order to optimize recommendations to fit the child in the school setting. Outreach to health providers helps to coordinate treatment to ensure that they are complementary and provide maximal benefit to the client.
Advocacy and outreach for therapy clients involves discussing challenges and treatment goals with schools and other care providers to optimize the efficacy of therapy.
We use standardized assessments of cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional functioning to provide a detailed picture of individuals’ overall mental functioning, relative to a normative population of same-age peers. In addition to these traditional applications, neuropsychological evaluations can also help to answer a wide range of questions regarding an individual’s cognitive functioning.
Neuropsychological evaluations are often recommended to individuals who have a suspected learning disability, have sustained an injury to the head, suspected developmental delay, or who have been diagnosed with a disease or condition known to impact brain functioning.
Areas assessed typically include:
- Intellectual skills
- Visual-spatial processing
- Language processing
- Problem-solving and executive skills
- Processing speed
- Academic abilities
- Screening of Social, emotional and behavioral functioning
Depending upon the referral question, other areas assessed may include:
- Psychological functioning
- Sensory processing
- Social and interpersonal functioning
Neuropsychological Assessments typically include: a 1-2 hour intake session, 6 -12 hours of testing , and a 1-2 hour session to review the results of testing and recommendations included in the neuropsychological report.
Psycho-educational assessments provide an understanding of an individual’s intellectual functioning, academic skills, and social and behavioral functioning. These types of assessments often serve several purposes:
- To help determine whether or not a child qualifies for additional educational services in the public school setting, such as a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Plan [IEP]
- To help identify a learning disability
- To determine whether or not a child is eligible for accommodations for high-stakes testing such as the SAT, ISEE, and SSAT
- To determine eligibility for certain gifted programs
- To identify intellectual and academic areas of strength and weakness
- To inform academic intervention planning
Psych-Educational Assessments typically entails a 1-2 hour intake session, 3-9 hours of testing, and a 1-2 hour follow-up session to review the results of testing and recommendations with parents, care providers and/or the examinee.
Psychological and personality evaluations help identify or rule out the presence of psychiatric conditions. They can also provide a more detailed understanding of the individual, as well as the underlying factors responsible for the individual’s mental health problems.
Psychological evaluations provide an understanding of an individual’s emotional status and functioning, self-perception, perceptual accuracy, social awareness and interpersonal skills, coping style(s) and orientation towards the world in general. Psychological assessments help to understand the contribution of each of these factors to an individual’s overall level of functioning and sense of well-being. The findings of these evaluations provide a nuanced understanding of the individual and help guide mental health treatment and decision-making.