The Pediatric Division at Reflect specializes in the evidence-based assessment and treatment of children and adults with academic, learning, and other neurocognitive differences that affect academic, social, emotional and behavioral functioning.
Why, you may ask, is an educational or neuropsychological assessment important for my child? How will it help them?
Two main reasons for assessment are:
- Accurate diagnosis.
- Creating a customized plan of action knowing your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
An educational assessment or a neuropsychological evaluation helps you better understanding your child’s functioning in areas such as attention, organization, planning, memory, as well as emotional and behavioral functioning. This information will help you and your child’s teacher, therapist, and physician provide treatments and interventions for your child that will meet his or her unique needs.
Testing can also help you understand why your child is having problems in school. He or she may be having difficulty reading because of an attention problem, an auditory processing problem, a language disorder, or because of a reading disability (i.e., dyslexia). Testing also helps to guide the design of the unique intervention for your child by building upon his or her strengths, while minimizing their weaknesses. The results identify what skills to work on, as well as which strategies to use to help your child most effectively.
Testing can also help detect the effects of developmental neurological and medical problems, such as epilepsy, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, or a genetic disorder. Testing may be done to obtain a baseline against which to measure the outcome of treatment or the child’s development over time.
Most importantly, testing provides a better understanding of the child’s behavior and learning in school, at home, and in the community. The evaluation can guide teachers, therapists, and you to better help your child achieve his or her potential. https://theaacn.org/pediatric-neuropsychology/
The Pediatric Division at Reflect is lead by Dr. Philip Levin. Dr. Levin is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in the neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents, including, but not limited to, the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and their impact on education, socialization, and emotional development. He provides specialized assessments on the cognitive and behavioral impacts of diagnoses such as: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and Bipolar Disorders. His goal is to empower families with the information they need to advocate for their children’s special needs both at home and at school.
Dr. Levin has 30+ years of experience in the assessment of children and adolescents. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In 1997 Dr. Levin became the inaugural Post Doctoral Resident of UCLA’s Pediatric Neuropsychological Fellowship in Community Mental at The Help Group, and in 2000, Dr. Levin was named the Program Director of The HELP Group/UCLA Neuropsychology Program. Dr. Levin is Voluntary Clinical Faculty at UCLA’s Medical Psychology Assessment Center (MPAC). He has also held adjunct faculty positions in graduate psychology programs at USC and Loyola Marymount University, and has presented at national meetings of the American Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychological Society, as well as locally for parent and teacher organizations throughout Southern California.