Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Evaluation Specialist

Dr. Learsy offers developmental-behavioral pediatric evaluations and Dr. Reiss offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to determine the root cause of a child’s behavioral issues. Parents who would like a thorough assessment of their child can make an appointment at her practice, located on East 38th Street, in New York, New York.

What is Child’s Best’s Developmental-Behavioral Evaluation?

A Developmental-Behavioral Evaluation considers a child's functioning in a medical, psychiatric, psychological, developmental, and biosocial framework. The evaluation assesses how your child has functioned in all of the child's environments, especially the family and school.

What evaluations are used in this process?

During the first visit, we conduct an interview with the parents to understand the presenting problem, parent concerns, and goals. During the parent interview, we ask tailored questions to hone in on the specific type of evaluation procedures your child needs. This is a very individualized process. Then, an extensive history is collected of the child's developmental milestones, social history, and health. A thorough record review is conducted of all medical history, as well as all documentation including but not limited to school records, and previous evaluations.

On the next visit, a medical examination is conducted to rule out any underlying medical problems that may be causing or exacerbating the presenting symptoms and to look for possible genetic causes or congenital syndromes. A neurological exam, in tandem with a neuropsychological evaluation, is administered to gain information regarding your child's cognitive functioning. Also, a child's psychiatric interview is performed in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Developmental testing is conducted in order to provide information regarding a child's developmental age and skills as compared to his/her chronological age, and his/her progression with achieving developmental milestones. This evaluation provides information concerning any developmental delays. This information allows us at Child's Best to have a multidimensional understanding of your child and to find the best fit for interventions.

After your evaluation, you will return for a feedback meeting in which you will be given a detailed explanation of the results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations, with ample opportunity to ask questions. The evaluation comes with a comprehensive written report that includes a full explanation of the results, accurate diagnoses, and documentation of appropriate accommodations, treatment recommendations, and referral information. The results of the testing also inform the tailored recommendations we create specifically for your child. The recommendations section of the report is an action plan for the resolution and aid of the concerns that led you to request this evaluation. The recommendations will provide support for your child and family within the home, school, and community environments. Our goal is to provide each patient with a roadmap to address current concerns and move forward.

*Child’s Best may perform Functional Behavioral Analysis at Child’s school in order to identify triggers for problematic school behavior in order to help school personnel to better help your child.

The office will evaluate for conduct disorders and schizophrenia and provide short-term care but is unable to provide long-term care for such disorders. We will provide referrals in such cases.

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