Learning and Development Center
When children enter the classroom, they bring their unique gifts as well as challenges. Even if their gifts are exceptional, difficulties in reading, writing, listening, or math may leave them feeling frustrated, anxious, and inadequate.
The Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Development Center is dedicated to giving children the tools and support they need to manage their learning difficulties and succeed in school. Our dedicated team of clinicians provides diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and personalized education plans that take into account your child’s learning strengths and deficits. Most important, our clinicians write comprehensive, user-friendly reports that offer recommendations for you and your child’s school and can serve as baselines from which to measure his future progress.
We also present free workshops for parents and professionals:
- Learning and Development Workshop Series
- Early Educator Lecture Series
- School Psychologist Roundtable Series
- Practical Parenting Workshop Series
Our workshops are livestreamed—so you can attend in person or participate online.
Evaluation and Neuropsychological Testing
We want to understand how your child learns best. We use evidence-based evaluation methods, including neuropsychological testing, to gain deeper understanding of how your child learns and processes information compared to other children of the same age.
By way of example, a child might be able to articulate very complicated concepts and yet struggle to read, or he might read very fluidly but have poor reading comprehension. Our evaluations and neuropsychological testing help us determine the nature of your child’s learning strengths and deficits. We need this information to develop your child’s individualized education program (IEP). The IEP includes practical strategies your child can use to compensate for learning deficits by using learning strengths.
During our evaluation process, we also consider how your child is doing emotionally and how he or she is interacting with family members, friends, and classmates.
After a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, we do a feedback session with you and your child. This is when we discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses. We also aim to build your child’s self-esteem as we create a team and a shared vision of what we’ll work on in treatment. We develop realistic goals for your child’s individualized education program (IEP) and also determine the services and accommodations your child will need at school to be successful.
The IEP is often what parents need in order to get a school to provide certain services and accommodations that a child is entitled to receive. We are available to speak with your child’s school, either in person or in a video conference, to share our recommendations and help communicate your child’s strengths as well as deficits when he needs extra services and learning accommodations—support he requires to reach his full potential. Since children often behave differently at school than at home—due to the academic demands on their learning disability—we help you and the school (teachers and other school personnel) work collaboratively to support your child’s academic development.
Conditions we treat include: dyslexia (difficulty reading), dysgraphia (difficulty writing), mathematics disorder (difficulty with mathematics), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and attention-deficit disorder without hyperactivity (ADD).
To make an appointment, please call us at 212.308.3118 or request an appointment online.