What are Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluations?

A pediatric neuropsychological evaluation assesses a child’s cognitive profile using an array of comprehensive and objectively validated measures. This profile is used to create a personalized treatment plan which optimizes the child’s development at home, school or other setting. Each evaluation consists of: testing, interpretation, plan development, feedback, and a complete written report. These evaluations are tailored to the developmental level of the child and are appropriate for children and young adults ages 2 to 30 years old.

Dr. Malkin uses interdisciplinary, flexible, and client-centered approach to uncover each child’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses and he works with physicians, teachers, school administrators and related service providers to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment plan. Dr. Malkin specializes in seeing children with a wide range of conditions and disorders including ADHD, learning disorders, epilepsy, autism, and PCS (post-concussion syndrome).

 

Neuropsychological Evaluation Services

Each type of evaluation shares a core assessment of common neuropsychological abilities, but the specific measures, goals, and recommendations generated from the various evaluations target the individual’s needs at their developmental level.

Differentiated Evaluations

As children develop from infancy through early adulthood, the skills they need to succeed change as well. Using this developmental framework, Dr. Malkin offers 4 types of neuropsych evaluations which are uniquely designed for each stage from childhood to adulthood:

Each type of evaluation shares a core assessment of common neuropsychological abilities, but the specific measures, goals, and recommendations generated from the various evaluations target the individual’s needs at their developmental level.

 

Early Development: Pre-school (ages 2-5)

As the basis for all future growth, a child’s early developmental period is a critically important time. The early development evaluation focuses on assessing the child’s basic cognitive functioning, adaptive skills, and academic readiness.

The testing focuses on:

  • early pattern recognition
  • verbal development
  • visual perception
  • visual-motor integration
  • phonemic awareness
  • fine motor speed and control
  • short-term memory
  • letter and word recognition
  • basic math concepts
  • basic expressive and receptive language

In addition, the evaluation assesses early social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, including basic play skills which are essential for interpersonal development.

In order to maximize the child’s interest and engagement in the evaluation, Dr. Malkin uses a playful and entertaining approach when working with younger children, which enables them to feel comfortable and engaged throughout the evaluation.”

**Specific evaluation of autism using the ADOS is offered as an additional service.

 

Elementary: Grade school (ages 5-13)

As children start school, the cognitive, social, and academic demands increase significantly. They are expected to learn reading, writing, and math concepts in a classroom setting and have to maintain their attention and decorum throughout the day. As they develop in this period, they are also expected to have automaticity and mastery of a wide range of foundational academic skills.

For this group, the neuropsychological evaluation assesses:

  • more developed verbal and visual skills
  • quantitative and abstract reasoning
  • working memory
  • early executive functioning skills relating to cognitive inhibition and flexibility
  • auditory and visual attention including measures of sustained and selective attention
  • visuo-motor integration for more complex items
  • sound manipulation, auditory discrimination, and complex phonological processing
  • psycho-motor processing speed
  • reading, writing, and math achievement
  • social, emotional and behavioral functioning on the child’s developmental level
  • auditory and verbal memory for semantic and non-semantic information
  • higher developed receptive and expressive language

Elementary: Grade school (ages 5-13)

As children start school, the cognitive, social, and academic demands increase significantly. They are expected to learn reading, writing, and math concepts in a classroom setting and have to maintain their attention and decorum throughout the day. As they develop in this period, they are also expected to have automaticity and mastery of a wide range of foundational academic skills.

For this group, the neuropsychological evaluation assesses:

  • more developed verbal and visual skills
  • quantitative and abstract reasoning
  • working memory
  • early executive functioning skills relating to cognitive inhibition and flexibility
  • auditory and visual attention including measures of sustained and selective attention
  • visuo-motor integration for more complex items
  • sound manipulation, auditory discrimination, and complex phonological processing
  • psycho-motor processing speed
  • reading, writing, and math achievement
  • social, emotional and behavioral functioning on the child’s developmental level
  • auditory and verbal memory for semantic and non-semantic information
  • higher developed receptive and expressive language
 

Adolescent: High School (ages 13-18)

Toward the end of elementary school and the beginning of high school, children are presented with a new set of academic and life challenges that require many new skills and abilities. Their independent organization and study skills become critically important, and their educational demands increase exponentially. During this stage, previously undetected deficits can become readily apparent and can greatly impact a child’s future. In addition, standardized testing becomes a major factor, influencing future college and career development.

For this group the evaluation includes:

  • Higher level reasoning skills
  • More nuanced assessment of vocabulary knowledge and understanding of verbal concepts
  • Visual reasoning tasks
  • Advanced verbal and visual working memory
  • Complex executive functioning – including measures of planning, problem solving, verbal fluency, sequencing, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility
  • Auditory and verbal memory for semantic and non-semantic information
  • Attention measures for auditory and visual attention including set-shifting and fluency
  • Social, emotional and behavioral functioning
  • Advanced reading and math ability as well as essay composition

In addition, the evaluation targets areas relating to various testing-related difficulties such as poor test planning, careless errors, slowed response time, and distractibility.

 

Early Adulthood: College/ Vocational

As adolescents transition to college and the work-force, they encounter new challenges that determine their long-term success. The lack of imposed structure and increased personal responsibility in college are challenging even for highly capable students. Understanding one’s unique pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can have far reaching effects and can greatly influence the career trajectory for the emerging teenager and young adult.

This type of evaluation focuses on:

  • High-order cognitive tasks such as critical and inferential reasoning
  • Ability to schedule and organize oneself to meet academic, vocational or social demands
  • College-level academic skills and proficiencies
  • Metacognitive strategies for problem solving and planning
  • Abstract reasoning for verbal and non-verbal subjects
  • Auditory and verbal memory for semantic and non-semantic information
  • Attention measures for auditory and visual attention including set-shifting and fluency

Early Adulthood: College/ Vocational

As adolescents transition to college and the work-force, they encounter new challenges that determine their long-term success. The lack of imposed structure and increased personal responsibility in college are challenging even for highly capable students. Understanding one’s unique pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can have far reaching effects and can greatly influence the career trajectory for the emerging teenager and young adult.

This type of evaluation focuses on:

  • High-order cognitive tasks such as critical and inferential reasoning
  • Ability to schedule and organize oneself to meet academic, vocational or social demands
  • College-level academic skills and proficiencies
  • Metacognitive strategies for problem solving and planning
  • Abstract reasoning for verbal and non-verbal subjects
  • Auditory and verbal memory for semantic and non-semantic information
  • Attention measures for auditory and visual attention including set-shifting and fluency

Flexible Evaluations in Your Child’s Environment

To better meet the needs of the child, Dr. Malkin has incorporated a flexible evaluation approach which allows for children to be evaluated outside of his office, whether at home or in school. This allows for a comprehensive assessment of both the child and their environment, and enables in-vivo consultation with school or home personnel that are influential in the child’s life.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our FAQs.  If you can’t find the answer below, feel free to reach out to us via phone or online contact form.

Bellow is a list of separate FAQ  per condition, or the frequent questions in general.

Which Brain Functions / Deficits are Evaluated?

  • Difficulties with attention and impulsivity that can indicate Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Academic difficulties: learning disabilities and learning differences that impact reading and math performance in school and work
  • Executive functioning, planning and organization difficulties impacting academic, social, and work functioning
  • Visual and auditory memory deficits
  • Expressive and receptive language deficits
  • Delayed processing speed
  • Cognitive symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries and concussion
  • Changes in one’s ability to carry out typical daily living skills
  • Anxiety & Depression

Which Brain Functions / Deficits are Evaluated?

  • Difficulties with attention and impulsivity that can indicate Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Academic difficulties: learning disabilities and learning differences that impact reading and math performance in school and work
  • Executive functioning, planning and organization difficulties impacting academic, social, and work functioning
  • Visual and auditory memory deficits
  • Expressive and receptive language deficits
  • Delayed processing speed
  • Cognitive symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries and concussion
  • Changes in one’s ability to carry out typical daily living skills
  • Anxiety & Depression

Evaluation Details

$5000

Evaluations assess:

  • Aptitude and learning potential
  • Achievement and academic skills
  • Neuropsychological functions (attention, memory, executive, verbal, and visuospatial)
  • Emotional and personality assessment
  • Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Assessment of learning disabilities
  • Accommodations for standardized testing and school
  • Appeal of testing accommodation denials
  • FAA Evaluations – Aviation Decision Examinations

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  • Aptitude and learning potential
  • Achievement and academic skills
  • Neuropsychological functions (attention, memory, executive, verbal, and visuospatial)
  • Emotional and personality assessment
  • Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Assessment of learning disabilities
  • Accommodations for standardized testing and school
  • Appeal of testing accommodation denials
  • FAA Evaluations – Aviation Decision Examinations
 

About Dr. Ben Malkin, Psy.D.

Licensed Neuropsychologist in New York State

Dr. Ben Malkin, Psy.D. is a pediatric neuropsychologist working in the New York area who specializes in seeing children with a variety of neuropsychological and cognitive deficits as well as various medical issues.

After receiving his bachelors in psychology from Lander’s College, he pursued his doctorate in School Psychology at St. John’s University, and trained in Columbia University Medical Center and the Center for Applied Psychology during his internship year.

He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he conducted neuropsychological evaluations for childhood cancer patients and survivors, to help them reach their potential despite their challenges.

Dr. Malkin is originally from Los Angeles and currently lives in Woodmere, NY with his wife and three children.

Dr. Ben Malkin’s location & information

Dr. Ben Malkin provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations that assess a child’s cognitive profile – used to create a personalized treatment plan which optimizes the child’s development at home, school or other settings.

Each evaluation consists of: testing, interpretation, plan development, feedback, and a complete written report. These evaluations are tailored to the developmental level of the child and are appropriate for children and young adults ages 2 to 30 years old.

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Evaluation Details

Evaluations assess:

  • sensory and motor abilities, attention and concentration, memory, language, visual-spatial ability, and “higher cognitive functioning”, such as reasoning, problem solving skills, intellectual functioning, and social and psychological functioning

Evaluations are:

  • administered by a Dr. Ben Malkin, a neuropsychologist who specializes in understanding the relationship of the brain to specific abilities and the objective evaluation of these abilities
  • presented orally, visually, in writing, or in other formats where the person is asked to perform tasks that involve answering questions, drawing, or building objects.

Evaluations last:

  • 3 to 8 hours for the testing, completed in one to three sessions

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  • Currently, we do not accept insurance for evaluations, although some clients are able to be reimbursed for services through out-of-network benefits. Please contact your insurance provider to find out if you are eligible for this medical benefit.

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