The guiding principle of my practice is the "individual as a whole." Whether I am working with a child or teenager with medical conditions (epilepsy, traumatic brain injury), neurodevelopment difficulties (Autism), or learning difficulties (dyslexia), I see development within a social and cultural context. I believe that every child or teenager is a unique individual and a formulation of their neuropsychological functioning will be incomplete without understanding their experiences, interpersonal relationships, and culture. This holistic approach allows me to deftly understand a host of issues effecting a wide age range.
I also believe in a developmental approach to behavioral functions and disorders. With this approach, I can not only identify the disorder but also understand its manifestations specific to different developmental periods and its effect on academic, psychosocial and psychological functioning.
Additionally, I focus and capitalize on a child's strengths. I try to understand the strengths of each child and then use this knowledge to help mitigate their struggles.
Finally, as a parent I understand how difficult it is to see your child struggle. The anxiety associated finding out that something is "not right" can be debilitating. I believe in supporting the parents and children through this difficult process and make myself available to answer any questions to ease their concerns and worries. I also try to ensure that parents and other professionals associated with the child or teenager understand the diagnosis and can provide the support he or she needs to be successful.