Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service for Young Children (NYC)
Do you have questions or concerns about your young child? At The Brenner Center, we have outstanding mental health expertise in the specific area of psychological and neurodevelopmental assessment of children. We recognize that early childhood is a time of transition and emerging skills. As such it can be an anxiety-producing time for parents. Children develop at different paces, but research clearly shows that some problems benefit greatly from early identification and intervention. Our evaluations can help rule out or identify the problems that benefit from services and make empirically supported recommendations to optimize your child’s functioning. We provide written reports that are useful for parents, pediatricians, educators, early intervention service providers, and others in caregiving or professional roles. We also work collaboratively with schools and other providers. While other service providers have waitlists that can be up to a year, we can offer neurodevelopmental assessments for children with little to no wait time.
A young child might need neurodevelopmental evaluation for a variety of reasons:
- Advanced intellectual abilities or giftedness
- Signs of being twice exceptional
- The growing awareness of autism spectrum disorder.
- Early detection of learning difficulties and neurodevelopmental delays
- Speech and language delay
- Complications associated with medically fragile children
- Difficulty managing the transitions of childhood
- Poor self-regulation and/or behavior modulation
- Effects of traumatic experiences
- Mood and other mental health concerns
- To track progress over time
We are pleased to have as our Senior Clinician, Dr. Ellen Goldberg. Dr. Goldberg has 30+ years of experience, and the unique credentials of having worked in special education classrooms, run an integrative preschool, and started a private assessment practice. She has degrees in special education, counseling, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. She has extensive practical experience with a range of neurodevelopmental issues, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. Her school experience has given her a solid working knowledge of special education laws and the ability to make truly personalized and beneficial recommendations. As a results, parents return for follow-up assessments and new recommendations as needed.
Our office in Newton has ample free parking. For an appointment or to speak with Dr. Goldberg, please call our intake line at 617-327-6777 x2283 and reference the NYC program. To learn more about our Senior Clinician, click here to read Dr. Goldberg's biography.