Find Learning Disability Assessments Near Me in Halfmoon, NY

Welcome to the online office of Dr. Joshua Shifrin, your one-stop solution for learning disability assessments and other pediatric/school neuropsychological evaluations in Halfmoon, NY. Dr. Shifrin is a licensed psychologist who specializes in early neuropsychological testing for children between the ages of 5 and 25. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Services in Halfmoon, NY

Pediatric/School Neuropsychological Evaluations in Halfmoon, NY

If your child is having trouble in school or with behavior, there may be an underlying issue that requires a more in-depth assessment. Our pediatric/school neuropsychological evaluations assess various aspects of your child’s cognitive, academic, and behavioral functioning, and can identify underlying issues that may be affecting their progress. Our evaluations include attention, memory, language, learning, executive function, motor skills, and emotional functioning, and can help diagnose conditions like ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, and more. Our assessments are tailored to your child’s specific needs and can be conducted in-person or via telehealth.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations in Halfmoon, NY

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. If you suspect that your child may have ASD, our comprehensive evaluations can help diagnose the condition and identify the areas where your child may need help. Our evaluations include a thorough assessment of your child’s cognitive and behavioral functioning, social and communication skills, and academic performance. An early diagnosis of ASD can help your child receive appropriate interventions, therapies, and support to ensure a better outcome.

Asperger’s Neuropsychological Assessment in Halfmoon, NY

Asperger’s Syndrome is a condition that falls under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, children with Asperger’s Syndrome generally have better language skills and cognitive abilities than those with other forms of ASD. Our Asperger’s Neuropsychological Assessment evaluates the cognitive and behavioral functioning of your child and helps diagnose the condition if present. Our evaluations are comprehensive and take into account your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

Benefits

Accurate Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis can make a real difference in the academic and social outcomes of your child. A neuropsychological evaluation helps identify underlying issues that may be affecting your child’s ability to learn and interact with others. An early diagnosis can ensure early intervention, therapy, and support for your child to overcome their challenges and meet their full potential.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Our evaluations are tailored to your child’s specific needs and provide a roadmap for interventions and treatments that are most appropriate for your child. With an individualized treatment plan, your child can receive targeted interventions that address their unique strengths and challenges, leading to better outcomes.

School Support and Intervention

With an accurate diagnosis, your child’s school can provide appropriate support and interventions to address their learning and behavioral needs. This can include modifications to the classroom environment, individualized education plans (IEPs), and targeted interventions to address specific areas of difficulty. A neuropsychological evaluation can be especially helpful in advocating for your child’s needs within the school system.

Contact Us

If you think your child may benefit from a pediatric/school neuropsychological evaluation, Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation or Asperger’s neuropsychological assessment, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can directly call us at 860-966-0309 or email us at drshifrin@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment. We offer in-person and telehealth evaluations to better meet your needs.

Let us help your child unlock their full potential and achieve their academic and social goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric neuropsychology deals with the relationship between children’s learning and behavior as it relates to their brain structure and systems.  Our training in school neuropsychology allows us to take findings and make recommendations for school and community-based accommodations and supports.  Learning disabilities, or other brain-based conditions, do not mean that your child is incapable of learning, gaining knowledge, or obtaining skills; instead it means that different methods of teaching or therapies must be utilized to help build skills and promote growth.

Pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists who have developed expertise in how the development of a child’s brain relates to, and impacts, their learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. They evaluate clients using a variety of assessment techniques, analyze test results, and devise targeted educational or treatments plans.

We tailor each assessment based on the referral questions or concerns presented. In general, the neuropsychological evaluation is conducted in order to assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses in neuropsychological, cognitive, and academic areas.  Assessment of additional domains, such as adaptive functioning, social-emotional functioning, language and communication, and/or other areas may also be included depending on the needs of the individual.  Parents and teachers are often asked to complete rating scales of behavior and skills.  A developmental history and interview techniques also allow the psychologist to get a more complete picture of the child and the presenting concerns.  The data from these various sources is integrated, and results are explained in a detailed report. When the assessment is completed, we meet with you to review all of the results and findings.  We provide guidance and recommendations for interventions in the home setting, school setting, and community. Even if testing does not lead to a formal diagnosis, we provide detailed recommendations for improvement based on individual strengths and weaknesses.  The neuropsychological report can be shared, with your permission, with other providers to help access the most appropriate treatments and interventions.

While we specialize in assessments for individuals who are currently, or planning to be, in a school setting, we will work with adults if the presenting concerns fall under an area where we have specialization. For example, an adult assessment may be appropriate for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  The majority of our clients are pre-school through college students, including individuals who may be homeschooled.  However, we often work with adults with a history of a known or suspected brain-based disability, who are in need of initial or updated testing for college or graduate school entrance exams.  Adults may also need testing to qualify for appropriate accommodations within a higher education setting.

Your child should not prepare for cognitive (IQ) or other tests.  In fact, exposing your child to similar test questions or materials can make their scores invalid. The best thing to do is to have your child have a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast.  They can bring snacks with them to have during breaks.

You can tell your child about the assessment using developmentally appropriate language that is tailored to the concern. For example, “you are going to play games and complete activities to learn more about how your brain works.” Please ask us if you would like ideas based on your child’s specific needs.  We also always talk to the children about the process at the start of the assessment and answer any questions.

A full neuropsychological evaluation generally takes about 6-8 hours of direct testing. This occurs over 1-3 sessions, usually depending on the child’s age and presenting concerns.  There is also an initial intake session, and a feedback session once the report is complete.

Gifted students, with or without additional exceptionalities, have unique needs in the schools and community.  We love to work with gifted children and their families to provide an understanding of their cognitive and academic capabilities, along with a comprehensive understanding of their social and emotional needs.  Reports for gifted individuals can be used to help advocate for your child within the school system, or to help plan appropriately for home schooling or private placements.

When working with twice exceptional children, we understand that individual scores do not always paint the full picture of a child’s unique abilities.  We use dynamic assessment techniques to understand what your child can do under a variety of conditions, and to help plan and select the most appropriate interventions to help your child reach their potential.

In order to receive accommodations on any of the College Board examinations, students must provide recent testing and documentation of a qualifying disability. Depending on the type and severity of the disability, different testing accommodations may be provided.  Common accommodations include extended time, larger print, access to a reader or scribe, visual supports, or a reduced distraction environment.  When we write our reports and suggested recommendations for testing accommodations or services, we provide clear rationales for recommendations based on testing observations and results.  Testing companies approve accommodation requests on a case-by-case basis, so we cannot guarantee approval of every request.  However, we will make sure we provide the level of detail and quality required by testing companies and college settings.

Information

Joshua Shifrin, PhD, ABSNP, NCSP

Office Address:
2 West Northfield Rd. Suite 201A Livingston, NJ 07039

Mailing Address:
52 Holiday Dr. West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Neuropsychological Evaluations
Available Remotely for NY & NJ
‪860-966-0309‬
drshifrin@yahoo.com

Thank you for visiting the online office of Dr. Joshua Shifrin. Dr. Shifrin is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey, a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, who specializes in pediatric/school neuropsychological evaluations Ages 5-25. Please feel free to view this website for more information about the services Dr. Shifrin can provide for you, and your child.

Contact Us

    Early Neuropsychological Testing Could Make a Real Difference

    In many circumstances, an accurate diagnosis can result in improved outcomes for children, both in education and social environments. The results of a neuropsychological evaluation can ensure children get access to the therapy, medication and behavioral management strategies they need for optimal progress. Awareness of the child’s assessment is also particularly helpful when managing behavior at school, as there are numerous helpful interventions education providers can put in place once they are aware of a neuropsychological diagnosis. Our pediatric neuropsychologist is qualified to perform autism evaluation, Asperger’s neuropsychological assessment and a range of other widely recognized testing regimens.

    ADD/ADHD Testing and Evaluations

    Dr. Joshua Shifrin has the tools and experience to help guide you, and your child, through a comprehensive ADD or ADHD testing. The first step is a neuropsychological assessment that will allow Dr. Shifrin to provide you with empirically proven strategies to guide you, and your family.

    Learning Disability Testing Evaluations

    Dr. Joshua Shifrin is a neuropsychologist located in Livingston, NJ, and can help you if you have a child that requires a neuropsychological evaluation or testing for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, or other types of learning disabilities. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you.

    Autism & Aspergers Evaluations

    With the rise of Autism and Aspergers, it has become more and more important to test your child early if you feel they may be on the Autism spectrum. There are several signs that your child may be on the Autism Spectrum, but only someone like Dr. Shifrin can uncover the exact neuropsychological issues. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you.

    Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities Assessments

    Through testing that is tailored to the child, Dr. Shifrin can determine if a non-verbal learning disability exists, and then give specific recommendations that are tailored for the child’s unique needs. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you and your child.

    ADD/ADHD Testing and Evaluations

    Dr. Joshua Shifrin has the tools and experience to help guide you, and your child, through a comprehensive ADD or ADHD testing. The first step is a neuropsychological assessment that will allow Dr. Shifrin to provide you with empirically proven strategies to guide you, and your family.

    Learning Disability Testing Evaluations

    Dr. Joshua Shifrin is a neuropsychologist located in Livingston, NJ, and can help you if you have a child that requires a neuropsychological evaluation or testing for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, or other types of learning disabilities. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you.

    Autism & Aspergers Evaluations

    With the rise of Autism and Aspergers, it has become more and more important to test your child early if you feel they may be on the Autism spectrum. There are several signs that your child may be on the Autism Spectrum, but only someone like Dr. Shifrin can uncover the exact neuropsychological issues. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you.

    Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities Assessments

    Through testing that is tailored to the child, Dr. Shifrin can determine if a non-verbal learning disability exists, and then give specific recommendations that are tailored for the child’s unique needs. If you are located in New Jersey, then Dr. Shifrin can help you and your child.

    Early Neuropsychological Testing Could Make a Real Difference

    In many circumstances, an accurate diagnosis can result in improved outcomes for children, both in education and social environments. The results of a neuropsychological evaluation can ensure children get access to the therapy, medication and behavioral management strategies they need for optimal progress. Awareness of the child’s assessment is also particularly helpful when managing behavior at school, as there are numerous helpful interventions education providers can put in place once they are aware of a neuropsychological diagnosis. Our pediatric neuropsychologist is qualified to perform autism evaluation, Asperger’s neuropsychological assessment and a range of other widely recognized testing regimens.

    Neuropsychological Evaluations Available Remotely for NY & NJ

    ‪860-966-0309‬

    Thank you for visiting the online office of Dr. Joshua Shifrin. Dr. Shifrin is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York, a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, who specializes in pediatric/school neuropsychological evaluations (Ages 5-25). Please feel free to view this website for more information about the services Dr. Shifrin can provide for you, and your child.

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    Neuropsychology Practice Serving New York & New Jersey

    Particularly in children, symptoms such as inattention, difficulties with self-regulation, lack of concentration, anxiety and/or low mood may be due to an underlying neuropsychological condition. Early diagnosis can be critical, which is why a growing number of people are taking advantage of our neuropsychological testing. Our seasoned neuropsychologist utilizes a wide range of neuropsychological assessment, including ADD testing and ADHD testing.

    Learning Disability, ADD / ADHD, Autism and other Neuropsychological Testing Available Across New Jersey & New York

    Our services are particularly suitable for families living in:

    New Jersey

    • Northern, NJ
    • Springfield, NJ
    • Livingston, NJ
    • Montclair, NJ
    • Caldwell, NJ
    • and surrounding areas.

    Also serving New York

    including New York City, Westchester and Rockland County

    We offer flexible appointments, maximizing the chances of finding a time that will suit your needs.

    All testing is done remotely due to COVID-19.

    ‪860-966-0309‬
    drshifrin@yahoo.com