SEPIDEH HOMAYOONFAR, PSY.D.
45 NORTH STATION PLAZA, SUITE 206 GREAT NECK, NY 11021
Everyday situations and daily tasks require us to use various processes and problem-solving strategies to cope with difficult tasks, complete assignments and projects, and appropriately relate to others. Though everyone has their own unique areas of strengths and weaknesses, for some children, their challenges significantly impact their daily living and academic success. If your child is struggling in any of these areas, a neuropsychological evaluation can identify their unique learning style and areas of strength to help compensate for less developed areas. Understanding a child’s development across all domains of functioning aids in providing them with the necessary coping tools as well as a learning environment that matches their learning style.
A neuropsychological evaluation starts with an initial appointment where we will discuss your concerns and I will gather information about your child’s development and history of the presenting concerns. Based on the discussed issues, I will then create a unique battery of assessments to answer your initial concerns and examine specific domains of functioning, such as:
Learning and Memory
I will then meet with your child over several sessions and complete the assessment. With your permission, I will also gather data from teachers. Once the data is complete and analyzed we will meet again for a feedback session to discuss the results of the evaluation and future necessary steps. A full report will follow our meeting; it is ultimately your decision who to share the report with.
Organizational Skills Training
Organization, time management, and planning skills are necessary for meeting academic demands in school and completing tasks at home. Organizational difficulties such as forgetting due dates, losing materials, not handing in assignments on time, not only impact academic success but also a child’s self-confidence and school engagement. Such challenges often impact family relationships as well.
Organizational Skills Training is an intervention, designed for elementary school children in grades 3-5, through which I will provide skill development to help improve your child's organizational performance. Additionally, I will guide you and your child's teachers for optimal carryover and generalization of learned techniques.
Organizational Skills Training is a 20-session treatment (60 minutes each) which begins with me helping you and your child's teacher become oriented to the program. Additionally, together we will ascertain specific areas of difficulty and their impact on everyday functioning. The sessions then continue with me working individually with your child, teaching him/her skills across four main domains:
· Tracking Assignments
· Materials Management
· Time Management
· Task Planning
Treatment is then concluded by a summary session with an interactive overview of the program as well as understanding of continuation of use of skills at home and school.
Often times, parents receive reports from their child’s teacher expressing concerns that may not always be evident within the home. At other times, parents express concerns regarding their child’s development which is different than how a teacher sees a child within the classroom environment. This not because one party is more attentive to the child than the other, rather it is because they each view the child within a specific context.
A school observation/consultation, consists of me observing your child during academic periods as well as less structured periods, such as recess and lunch, where more social interaction takes place. I will also use information gathered from you as well as the classroom teacher to help guide our understanding of the presented issues from a well-rounded perspective and a broader context. We will then speak about the findings and I will provide you, and at your request the school, with recommendations. Should you choose, I will work collaboratively with all involved parties to create a plan that can best support your child’s needs both within the classroom and at home.
Individual therapy is a service that serves your needs and goals. Maybe you are looking for short term therapy for a specific issue or prefer longer term therapy to better understand the underlying issues impacting your current patterns. Maybe you are looking to gain better coping skills or improve your parenting skills. Whatever the case maybe, I will make sure to listen to your perspective and views and use our therapeutic relationship to move in a positive direction. We will work together to set attainable goals.