Common issues that are focal for testing


Attentional Problems


Learning Challenges


Social Problems


Needs of the Gifted


Autism Spectrum Disorders


Problems with Memory and Organization


​Testamentary Capacity


Behavioral Problems


Anxiety/Depression/Bipolar Disorder


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


"Sensory Integration" 


"Auditory Processing Disorder"


Accommodations for

SAT/ACT/LSAT/MCAT/State Bar and other

standardized tests


Consequences of premature birth


Cognitive and emotional

complications of head injury/

seizure/metabolic/

mitochondrial/genetic disorders



Dana Chidekel, PhD

​A psychological corporation

DR. CHIDEKEL'S ASSESSMENT PHILOSOPHY


When I am evaluating a child or an adult, my goal goes beyond determining the label(s) for "diagnosis."  My goal is to help patients, parents, spouses, educators, and treatment providers understand WHY a child or adult is struggling. Things that look like what someone "won't” do may actually be something that he or she "can't” do. Or not. In either case, to figure out the interventions and accommodations that will help (and those that won't), it is critical to clarify what is giving rise to the problem(s) to begin with.   ​A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation of neurocognitive, academic and emotional function should do just that. When findings of a child's assessment are discussed, parents should feel, "I am really understanding my child." Adult patients should feel, “I am really understanding myself.”  The report that is generated to describe the findings should be written in plain English, so anyone with whom it is shared will understand as well. The more clearly those involved in a child’s or adult's life understand what is driving his or her difficulties, the more confident and empowered all will feel in moving forward and implementing treatments, accommodations or services that are recommended.


WHAT TYPE OF TESTING DOES MY CHILD NEED?


Understanding what distinguishes neuropsychologists from child psychologists, school psychologists, and other mental health professionals who evaluate children is understandably confusing. To clarify, click here:​


What is neuropsyche?

nanonline.org/NAN/Files?PAIC/PDFs/NANcld.pdf



WHAT'S THE PROCESS?


Read about what to expect during a child's neuropsychological assessment here:​


What happens during a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation.pdf


WILL HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COSTS OF A  NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT? 


Dr. Chidekel is not a preferred provider on your health plan. But if you have a PPO with out-of-network coverage, they may reimburse you for a portion of her fee. Click here information to access before you call your insurance company:

Insurance reference 9-17.pdf