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Child NeuroBehavioral Center for Health & Wellness, PC
Maria E Gangarosa-Emerson, PhD & Associates

Dr. Gangarosa-Emerson works primarily with children, adolescents, and parents. She has expertise in neuropsychological and psychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, child development, behavior management, attachment issues, Play Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Nouthetic Counseling, and treating disorders of anxiety and depression. She believes your child can be successful at home and school.

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Neuropsychologists are specially trained to administer and interpret the results of structured tests that allow for the understanding of how brain functioning influences behavior and emotions. Testing can be completed on individuals experiencing problems from preschool through adulthood. Evaluations are tailored to the individual and may include the assessment of intellectual functioning, language, visual-perception, attention and memory, executive functions (organization, planning, speed of processing), academic skills, sensory perception, motor coordination, and/or social-emotional or personality functioning.  Assessments are comprehensive and, thus, allow for more thorough recommendations to doctors, schools, and/or employers.

Who may benefit from a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Anyone with the following:
  • Unconfirmed diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disability (LD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, etc.), or developmental delays (PDD, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, etc.)
  • Learning problems that do not fit special education criteria for accommodations
  • Declining school or work performance
  • Neurological conditions such as seizures, head trauma, stroke, etc.
  • Concerns regarding the differential diagnosis of emotional versus neurological problems
  • Psychiatric problems influencing school or work performance
  • Beginning/attending college or changing careers

    And to determine medication efficacy 
What types of problems are treated in therapy?
Children with:
  • Difficulty obeying adults
  • Anger or physical aggression
  • Anxiety (General Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Depression
  • Overactive at home or school
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty getting along or interacting with peers
  • Multiple placements (foster care, adoption, divorce/blended families)
Adults are seen on a limited basis and treatment is available for those with:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty in relationships 
Exceptions:
Dr. Gangarosa-Emerson does not treat couples or those with addictions, eating disorders, or psychosis.
 

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