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The Doctor Is In: Understanding your child's behavior

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On Wednesday, join Deena Centofanti and a Neuropsychologist from Henry Ford Health System as they discuss children's behavioral problems.

Beginning at 8:45, ask your questions in the chat room above.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emotional and behavioral problems are among the most prevalent chronic health conditions of childhood and often have serious negative consequences for a child's academic achievement and social development.

Unfortunately children with neurological and cognitive differences are often poorly understood by educators and parents.

A neuropsychological evaluation provides the key to help parents, teachers, and physicians understand the nature of a child's difficulties.

A Neuropsychological evaluation may be needed if you suspect your child has:

 · Difficulty thinking

· Problems learning

· Uncontrollable emotions

· Unusual behaviors

· Memory problems

The neuropsychological assessment and report will provide:

 · A description of the child's strengths and weaknesses

· Help the parent in understanding your child

· Offer suggestions for what parents can do to help their child.

· Give recommendations for educational programming.

· Help in knowing what your child's needs may be in the future, so that you can plan appropriately.

· Give suggestions for improving your child's behavior.

· In addition, the pediatric neuropsychologist may refer you to another professional such as a clinical psychologist, neurologist or occupational, physical or speech therapist for ongoing help with your child's behavior and development. 

Many children with developmental delays are not being identified as early as possible. As a result, these children must wait to get the help they need to do well in social and educational settings (for example, in school).   

How does neuropsychological assessment differ from the testing provided by a clinical psychologist or school psychologist?

School assessments are usually performed to determine whether a child qualifies for special education programs or therapies to enhance school performance.

They focus on achievement and skills needed for academic success. Generally, they do not diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development.

The pediatric neuropsychologist may look at a broader range of skills, evaluating skills not usually tested by the clinical or school psychologist.

A neuropsychological assessment may include tests of the child's intelligence, academic skills, attention and concentration, learning and memory, processing speed, visual spatial perception, language skills, visual motor and fine motor skills, sensory perception, executive functioning (such as planning, organization, initiating and inhibiting behaviors) and emotional functioning.

OUR EXPERT:

Dr.Jannel Phillips, Ph.D.

 Neuropsycholologist, Henry Ford Health System

She works with children all of ages at Henry Ford's Detroit and West Bloomfield Behavioral Health Services offices.

Dr. Phillips received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, her master's degree in counseling from Oakland University and her

Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University.

She completed an advanced 2-year fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in neuropsychology.

For more information about Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluations Parents can call (313) 876-2526.

 

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