Neuropsychological Evaluations Tucson, AZ
Neuropsychological Evaluations Tucson, AZ
At times, individuals may encounter obstacles that hinder their ability to learn or function properly. Whether it be struggling in school, difficulty with relationships or at work, or experiencing a decline in cognitive functioning, it can be extremely challenging and frustrating. This is where Dr. Joshua Shifrin, an accredited neuropsychologist located in Tucson, AZ, can help you.
If you’re looking for neuropsychological evaluations in Tucson, AZ, Dr. Shifrin specializes in a range of services that include testing for learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, as well as the rise of Autism and Asperger’s, which are becoming increasingly prevalent among children. Dr. Shifrin uses testing that is tailored to each child, helping to determine if the child has a nonverbal learning disability.
Our neuropsychological evaluation services in Tucson, AZ, are comprehensive and designed to provide a detailed assessment of multiple aspects of cognitive and psychological functioning. Our services include:
Autism and Asperger’s Assessments in Tucson, AZ
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder where individuals may face challenges with repetitive behaviors, communication, and social skills. Early intervention and diagnosis are key to ensuring that children on the spectrum receive the help they need to build the appropriate skills for their age. Dr. Shifrin can help with specialized evaluations and assist with intervention recommendations.
Learning Disability Testing in Tucson, AZ
Individuals with learning disabilities face difficulties with one or more areas of learning, despite having average or above-average intelligence. Learning disabilities can manifest in difficulties with reading, writing, and math, and can affect academic and vocational performance. Dr. Shifrin can help diagnose a learning disability and provide guidance on interventions to overcome weakness in skillsets.
ADD & ADHD Testing in Tucson, AZ
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. The condition is characterized by symptoms, such as difficulty with focus, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD can interfere with academic, social, and work performance. Dr. Shifrin is specialized and can help you understand your symptoms and provide recommendations on how to best cope.
Nonverbal Learning Disability Assessments in Tucson, AZ
Nonverbal learning disabilities may manifest in difficulties with fine motor or visual-spatial skills. Dr. Shifrin will tailor a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation in Tucson, AZ, to measure attention, memory, executive functioning, visual-spatial skills, and fine motor skills, helping to determine if a nonverbal learning disability might be present.
Benefits of Our Services
At Dr. Joshua Shifrin’s office in Tucson, AZ, he is committed to providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations tailored to meet your specific needs. There are numerous benefits of coming to us:
- We specialize in working with children and families, providing comforting and supportive settings to lessen anxiety.
- We provide personalized evaluations tailored to a child’s unique strengths and needs.
- We evaluate a wide range of considerations specific to each child, including cognitive and social-emotional assessments to provide a comprehensive picture of your child’s strengths and struggles.
- Our testing program is conducted in a way that is clear, concise, and easy to follow.
- We offer specific recommendations and tools for intervention for each individual assessment to help you and your child move forward with next steps.
- Dr. Shifrin is an accredited neuropsychologist and has extensive knowledge, training, and experience in the field, having been an expert through his 20+ years of experience in Tucson, AZ.
If you’re looking for a neuropsychological evaluation in Tucson, AZ, call Dr. Joshua Shifrin’s office at 860-966-0309 to schedule an appointment today.
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Don’t let learning struggles or issues with cognitive and psychological functioning impact you or your child’s life. Contact Dr. Joshua Shifrin, an experienced and accredited neuropsychologist in Tucson, AZ, today to schedule a comprehensive and personalized evaluation.
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.
Will I be able to obtain standardized test accommodations (SAT, ACT, etc.), school supports, or college level service with my report?
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.
Joshua Shifrin, PhD, ABSNP, NCSP
52 Holiday Dr.
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Available Remotely for NY & NJ
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.