Parents will always have concerns about whether their child is functioning optimally in their world. If there are challenges, whether academic, emotional, or social, parents want to know they are doing everything they can do to help their child progress to being the best that they can be.

A neuropsychological evaluation is a fact-finding process that can provide parents with results about their child’s strengths and weaknesses academically, emotionally, and socially. These evaluations will also include recommendations for the future that can serve as a compass for families, schools, and other necessary stakeholders to provide necessary interventions that will assist individuals to function at their highest level.

Finding a clinical psychologist to do this neuropsychological evaluation can be a hard process for parents. When parents have come to the conclusion that they would like to have their child assessed they want to make sure that the person conducting the evaluation is able to provide the best results for their child and they want to make sure the person will get the full picture of their child.

Dr. Abram Sterne, our clinical psychologist at Gunzburg and Associates, provides a thorough neuropsychological evaluation that gives a 360-degree view of what is happening in the individual’s life. His evaluations also deliver thoughtful recommendations for how individuals can function most effectively in their family, social, and learning or work environment.

Dr. Sterne is highly efficient in assessing children and adolescents. Common challenges that can benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s and social communication difficulties)
  • Conduct Problems and Emotional Difficulties
  • Reading Difficulties (including dyslexia)
  • Language Disorders
  • Nonverbal Learning Problems
One significant element of Dr. Sterne’s assessment that differs from some other neuropsychological evaluations is that Dr. Sterne conducts school observations. This can be very useful to fully understand how the individual is functioning at school. During this observation, Dr. Sterne is observing the student in their environment and then also sits down with school employees to get their impressions of the individual. Prior to this observation, Dr. Sterne has communication with the school to decide what classes or part of the school day will be most important to observe.

Dr. Sterne will work diligently with individuals and families to develop appropriate and effective strategies for 504 plans and Individual Education Plans. The recommendations that are provided to schools in Dr. Sterne’s reports provide educators with clear and concise strategies for individuals to be as successful as possible in the classroom.

A feedback session provides individuals and families an opportunity to gain a clear understanding of what is written in the neuropsychological report. Dr. Sterne thoroughly goes over what is written in the report and will answer all questions that an individual or family may have about findings or recommendations given. The main goal of this session is to establish a clear plan that outlines action steps that need to be taken to address information about the individual found in the evaluation. This session usually takes about 2 hours.

Dr. Sterne follows up with families three to six months after they have had a neuropsychological evaluation to assess how individuals are progressing in their plans set with Dr. Sterne in their feedback sessions.