Institute for Learning & Academic Achievement
For some children, learning to read, write, and do math doesn’t come as easily as for others. These struggles may be caused by a learning disability or another condition, such as attentional, fine motor, language-based weaknesses, or autism spectrum disorder. In other cases, children who are advancing far beyond their peers, sometimes called gifted children, may feel isolated. Our experts at the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone, are here to help.
We evaluate your child and develop customized learning strategies. Our extensive written reports and recommendations go beyond what is offered by other programs. This approach is supported by our ongoing research into child behavior and functioning.
Finding the right resource for evaluating and diagnosing a child's learning difficulty should not be as frustrating as the learning issue itself. That’s why we are committed to making your search for answers as easy as possible. We believe that the proper evaluation tools, coupled with personalized interaction with specialized psychologists and learning experts, can zero in on the root of your child’s challenges.
Evaluations are conducted by our highly skilled neuropsychologists who regularly consult with our team of child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, educational specialists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Intellectual performance, language abilities, and academic achievement are assessed. Neuropsychological screenings determine your child's competence in basic cognitive abilities, which are known to be at the foundation of learning. These tests examine attention and concentration; visual-spatial, visual-motor, and visual-perceptual skills; auditory processing; sensorimotor functioning; phonological awareness; learning and memory; and executive functioning. Social, emotional, and behavioral issues are also taken into consideration and evaluated if they are areas of concern.
These evaluations are helpful in addressing questions related to learning disabilities, intellectual deficits, language disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), complications associated with emotional and behavioral disorders, concussion and other brain injuries, seizure disorders, complications of medical and neurological conditions, and giftedness.
The Child Study Center's neuropsychologists go beyond the traditional assessments by reviewing and discussing results with parents, educators, and the child. Working together, we develop recommendations and an effective plan to enhance learning based on practical solutions that are adapted for use in the home and school environments.
Our specialists are available for public educational presentations for parents, school personnel, healthcare providers, and community organizations. Please email [email protected] for more information or to schedule a speaker.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our care management team at -754-5000 or email us at [email protected].