A neuropsychological evaluation can help identify students who may be eligible for ‘gifted’ educational programs.
Even if a student is not eligible for a ‘gifted’ program, their neuropsychological profile can help parents and educators develop an educational program that can best meet their needs and complement their academic progress and development.
Students who have cognitive strengths in the “gifted and talented” range may be eligible for enrichment programs or placement in specialized schools that can maximize their educational potential. However, these gifted and talented programs require documentation of the student’s abilities in the form of a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation. A documented evaluation of your student’s abilities will help you meet such application requirements.
A neuropsychological evaluation can help identify if your student has a medical condition that can impact their performance at school or on standardized tests. With a diagnosis, you can seek accommodations for your student to help them continue their studies as normally as possible.
There is no single, set test to evaluate a student for a gifted or talented program. Instead, your doctor will consult with you to develop a picture of your student’s unique strengths and weaknesses and choose a suite of measures to evaluate from there. This individualized approach ensures that your student’s evaluation is the best representation of their abilities.
These measures may include a combination of:
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Most students have areas of strength as well as areas of weakness, and knowledge of this pattern can inform how they should be taught in the most effective manner. This could be in the form of classroom recommendations for enhancing their current program, or alternative school placements which tap into the student’s strengths while supporting their weaknesses. With our comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, our neuropsychologists can help you ensure your student receives the best education for their abilities.
As children develop from infancy through early adulthood, the skills they need to succeed change as well. Using this developmental framework, our neuropsychologists offer 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.
As every parent knows their child best, it can be difficult to answer this question in an objective manner. However, many children who are talented and gifted are overlooked because they don’t show their skills overtly. This can either be because they do not try hard in their school program or because their skills are not ones that will show up in a traditional academic setting.
One of the main reasons why children are screened for talented and gifted programs is when they become frustrated with their academic environment due to the lack of engagement or challenge. These children can be unmotivated or oppositional due to the fact that they are constantly asked to do things which are boringly simple for them. However, even when children are compliant and comfortable with school, it can be helpful for them to be screened for talented and gifted programs when they seem to excel without trying.
To better meet the needs of the child, our neuropsychologists have incorporated a flexible evaluation approach which allows for children to be evaluated outside of our offices, 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.
Although we do not accept insurance, some clients with out-of-network benefits are able to secure reimbursement for services.
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 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.Hours: 8am-8pm, 7 days a week