Pediatric Asperger’s Neuropsychological Assessment

Jan 15, 18 Pediatric Asperger’s Neuropsychological Assessment

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Pediatric Asperger’s neuropsychological assessment tests work to screen students to catch autism spectrum disorders early on. Some people can go for years without being diagnosed. If these conditions are caught early on, then patients can make adaptations just as early and avoid many of the issues that are associated with these conditions. Patients grappling with Asperger’s Syndrome often deal with significant problems related to social situations as well as non-verbal communication. Repetitive behaviors usually begin at around two years of age, but it can be very difficult for parents to realize that these behaviors are something other than simply personality traits. While screening students who don’t appear to have issues isn’t usually necessary, offering those who struggle with some aspect of school a screening can be an excellent way to help them learn more about themselves. This also helps to show that students are cared for. Those who may be struggling with Asperger’s Syndrome could potentially feel a sense of difference about who they are. This can be extremely uncomfortable. Offering them a chance to learn that they have challenges in one or more areas could be empowering since diagnosing a condition usually leads to offering adaptations. Once students adopt certain adaptations, they can become more independent and less reliant on outside help. While social anxiety is a common facet of autism spectrum disorders in general, learning more about a condition goes a long way to reducing this kind of issue. As soon as these adaptations are in place, regular situations can also seem much less threatening. If you need a pediatric neuropsychologist to perform an Asperger’s neuropsychological assessment, then consider the services of Joshua Shifrin. Dr. Shifrin practices in Livingston, New Jersey and in New City, New York. You can visit his virtual office online by pointing your browser to neuropsycheval.com and use the contact page to get in touch. You can connect with them on Google+ for more...

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What to Know Before Your Child’s Neuropsychological Tests

Dec 14, 17 What to Know Before Your Child’s Neuropsychological Tests

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Has neuropsychological assessment for children been recommended for your student? If so, read on to find out what to expect and how to prepare your child for their upcoming evaluation. Why Might My Child Be Referred for Evaluation? A student may be referred for neurological assessment by their school’s counselor, nurse or psychologist, or may receive a referral from their pediatrician. Regardless of who does the referring, there are several factors in determining that neuropsychological services would be beneficial for your child. Some of these include: * Child shows problems with social skills and communication. * Child shows evidence of cognitive delays. * Child is doing poorly in school. * Child is unable to focus on assignments, chores or other daily tasks. * Child shows signs of anxiety, depression or other mood disorder. * Child is aggressive, defiant or excessively argumentative. What Will the Test Entail? Typically, the test will begin with or be prefaced with an interview and discussion with the parents of the child being evaluated. Testing will involve a pencil and paper evaluation, as well as hands-on activities and use of computers or tablets, depending on the age of the child. This will typically be performed without parental supervision, though very young children may be permitted to have a guardian sit in on their test. Testing usually takes three to four hours per session. To prepare your child for their test, be sure to inform them of what will be taking place, give them a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast or lunch before their test begins, and discuss dosing of current medications taken before the test with your neuropsychologist to make any necessary adjustments. What Will the Results Tell Me About My Child? The results of your child’s neuropsychological evaluation will help you and your child’s medical team decide on any medication or therapy that might be needed to help them deal with learning disabilities or disorders they may be coping with. Additionally, this testing will help your child’s...

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The Importance of Diagnosis in Children With ADHD

Nov 07, 17 The Importance of Diagnosis in Children With ADHD

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ADHD is a disorder which has received much attention both in the mainstream media and in the educational and parenting circles in modern times. Because of the well-known effects of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders on children’s behavior, success in school and work environments and the ability to focus and function properly, early detection and diagnosis is imperative for building a better future for these children. Patients as young as preschool are being diagnosed and beginning treatment with varying levels of success, but those who receive the ongoing support of their parents and caregivers are the most likely to succeed. Receiving Evaluation and Treatment Ensuring that children receive appropriate ADHD neuropsychological assessment at an early age will assist in their treatment. For most, this will come as the result of a teacher or caregiver’s recommendation, but for some younger children the decision to evaluate for learning disabilities such as ADHD may also come from observations made by parents. If you believe your child may have markers of attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder, it is important to address these concerns with your pediatrician early, and ask for recommendations on local providers of pediatric psychological care. Why Consult a Specialist? Although some children’s issues with attention deficit can be addressed by their pediatrician, it is usually best to consult a specialist for these disorders. This is because providers of children’s neuropsychology not only understand the unique concerns of children in the educational and social environments, but also neuropsychology as a whole and how developing brains are effected by learning disabilities, cognitive disorders and more. Just as you would see a dentist for issues with your teeth, it’s important to address issues with brain function with a doctor experienced in that branch of medicine. For additional information and advice on ADHD neuropsychological assessment and treatment for your child, contact the office of Dr. Joshua Shifrin of New Jersey. You can pay a visit to Facebook page for more...

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When Scheduling An Appointment With A Child Psychologist Is Necessary

May 18, 17 When Scheduling An Appointment With A Child Psychologist Is Necessary

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Making sure a child has all of the tools they need for success is essential. With all of the different problems a child will face over time, you need to have a game plan to help them. There will be times where the help your child needs will have to come from someone else. Using a child psychologist is the best option in some cases. Below are some of the situations that may require you to seek out help from a child psychologist. Sudden Isolation is a Definite Warning Sign Among the most noticeable signs that it is time to schedule an appointment with a psychologist is the fact that your child is starting to isolate themselves. In some instances, outgoing children will start to experience mental issues and will withdraw from friends and family as a result. Rather than waiting until this problem gets worse, you should take your child to see a psychologist. The psychologist will be able to find out what is causing a child to withdraw and then find a way to adequately treat these problems. Attempting to handle this issues alone can lead to even more problems in the long run. Sleeping and Eating Habits Have Changed If you start to notice your child is not eating or sleeping as they should, a trip to the child psychologist is a must. If a child’s mental issues are bad enough, it will cause them to completely change their habits. An experienced psychologist can find out what the cause of these changes are and what needs to be done to get them fixed for good. Getting help for your child is easy when scheduling an appointment with Dr. Joshua Shifrin. Call him at 860-966-0309 or visit his website for more information on the services he can provide. You can also connect them on Facebook for more...

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How To Successfully Parent A Child With ADD

Apr 18, 17 How To Successfully Parent A Child With ADD

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Is your child having trouble concentrating? Are their grades suffering as a result? If you answered yes to these questions, then chances are you need to schedule an ADD assessment. Letting a reputable and experienced neuropsychologist perform this assessment is the best way to find out what is going on with your child. If your child is diagnosed with ADD, you will need to rethink your parenting strategy. The following are some of the things you need to remember when trying to successfully parent a child with this disorder. You Have to Remain Calm Having a child with ADD can cause you to become overwhelmed at times. If your child is being particularly rambunctious and wild, you may find yourself getting a bit hot under the collar. Lashing out and raising your voice at the child will only make matters worse. You will have to work hard to stay calm and speak to your child directly about their behavior. By remaining calm, you will be able to calm them down in the process. During your ADD assessment, the neuropsychologist will be able to offer you some helpful tips on how to keep your child calm. Introducing Structure is Important Another important thing a professional will tell you during an ADD assessment is that introducing structure is important. If a child does not have boundaries or a routine, it will be very hard to keep them focused. While introducing this structure will take some time and effort, it will be well worth it the long run. Eventually, a child with ADD will get used to this structure and will thrive as a result. Getting an ADD assessment is easy when hiring Dr. Joshua Shifrin. If you need to schedule an appointment, call him at 860-966-0309 or visit his website for more information. You can also follow them on Twitter for more...

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