Does my child or do I have a learning disability? Is my child on the Autism spectrum? How are seizures affecting my child's or my cognitive, emotional, social and academic functioning? Parents and young adults often feel helpless when they do not know the answers to such questions.
A Neuropsychological evaluation can aid in the assessment and diagnoses of neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders using the knowledge of brain-behavior relationship.
Dr. Preetika Mukherjee is a neuropsychologist in New York City. She specializes in conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of preschool and school age children as well as adolescents and young adults using a developmental and holistic approach. In a career spanning over a decade with prestigious New York City hospitals, Dr. Mukherjee has helped enhance the academic, emotional and social functioning of many children, adolescents, and young adults.
When a child is between one and three years of age, a critical developmental task is learning to use language in order to communicate with others. Being able to express themselves through language enables children to interact with others, better tolerate their frustrations, and engage in pretend play. Language acquisition delays can lead to behavioral problems and academic struggles. There is a wealth of research evidence suggesting that early detection and intervention best supports the developmental needs of young children.
In early elementary school years, children are expected not just to learn to read, write, and master basic math concepts but also navigate the nuances of the social world. By late elementary school years, academic responsibilities increase. Children are required to be more independent, manage their time, and organize their work. It is during these formative academic years that significant challenges and frustrations can emerge. Neuropsychological testing can identify the source of a child’s difficulties including executive functioning skills, learning disability or psychiatric difficulties.
Adolescents / Young Adults
Adolescence and young adulthood are both stages of academic, emotional and social challenges. From structuring time and outlining plans for the future, adolescents and young adults also have to navigate a complex social world. Many a times children are able to “compensate” for their difficulties up until high school (often through intelligence, hard work and determination); however, with the increased demands of high school they start to struggle. These difficulties continue to impede progress in college without accommodations within the learning support center.