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Pediatric neuropsychologists Ubogy and Bernou

July 2015

We would like to get a neuropsych workup for my teenager (possible ADHD, OCD), and Seth Ubogy and Elea Bernou have both been recommended. Neither seems to have been reviewed yet on this website. Would love to hear your thoughts about both of them! Anonymous

Elea Bernou is wonderful. She is very thorough with her evaluations and her recommendations. She is a very knowledgable and kind person and really takes the time to get to know the child she is evaluatiing. I have had experience with her both professionally (I am an OT) and personally as she helped a relative of mine. Debra

We highly recommend Dr. Ubogy for neuropsych testing. He is easy to relate with, thorough and our son liked him. Dr Ubogy performed the typical test;Problem Solving, Planning and Abstract Thinking, Attention and Concentration... He talked with our sons school, therapist and specialist. We feel like we gained a better understanding of our sons strengths and weaknesses. Our son was given information to help him succeed in school. And, we had written plan for his teachers. You mentioned that there was no info on him on BPN. There was a recent inquiry on Dr. Ubogy with responses about a couple of months ago. We were still in the process with him and I responded that it was going well and I saw a few other replies.

I do not have experience with the doctor you asked about, but I can give a strong recommendation for Dr Marianna Eraklis in Orinda. We had the exact same assessment for our 10 year old daughter. Dr. Eraklis has a great rapport with my daughter and has helped us greatly with strategies to manage her ADHD at home and at school. Mom of ADHD girl

Neuropsych Evaluation for Possibly Gifted kid

Nov 2013

My daughter who is about to turn 8, has been recommended for Neuropsychological evaluation by her school. She's had signs of giftedness since she was young, advanced and early vocabulary, highly observant, long attention span, intensely focused, understanding etc. We never done anything to get her identified because it never seemed necessary.

She's also have difficulty with anxiety, perfectionism, and abiity to switch tasks. Since many of her issues are common among gifted kids, I want to make sure whoever evaluates her has some background with gifted children. Anyone have a neuropsychological evaluator that they can share? Anyone have any luck getting insurance to pay? Needing a good match

Definitely contact Summit Center in Walnut Creek. They specialize in assessment of gifted kids and really understand their particular needs. Good luck! mom of a gifted kid

the summit center is really good especially for gifted kids. they have done a lot of work on supporting kids with the developmental patterns the latter often show. walnut creek and a few other office places. anon

Pediatric Neuropsychologist for 9 year old

Oct 2013

My 9 year old son has seen a lovely therapist for several years and she has recommended that he be evaluated by a pediatric neuropsychologist to gain additional insight into his ongoing and escalating behavioral issues. We have UBH and they only cover in network providers. Can anyone share information about Dr. Mary Heller or Dr. Charlotte Crawford? Also, does anyone have recommendations for someone who evaluates for sensory processing disorder?

If you are willing to wait a bit and go to SF, Leyla Bologlu is an incredible nueropsychologist. Could be a long wait though. I have also heard good things about Elea Bernou in Lafayette. Full disclosure, I am a pediatric OT, but let me know if you have any questions about an evaluation for sensory processing disorder. I have worked in SF for 13 years, and am now working with clients in the east bay for in-home evaluations, with a clinic site opening in Walnut Creek in January. Debra

Neuropsych Exam for teen girl

Oct 2013

Our high school freshman had a neuropsych exam when she was in the second grade, and it was very helpful. Now in high school, she is MISERABLE, really struggling, disappointed, bored, tired.... I am wondering if we should have her re-assessed, now that she is older, and see what, if anything, has changed (or possibly, if we can get a more accurate picture of her strengths and challenges). I do not know how to find someone to do an exam. Where does one go? Can anyone recommend anyone local? Thanks for any references. Confused Mama

I would start with your pediatrician, and go from there. I know Children's Hospital has could start there if you don't have an HMO.

try Clearwater good luck

Neuropsych evaluation for 7 year old

Oct 2013

We are looking into Neuro psych evaluation for our 7 years old son.He has great difficulties with social skill and also he has sensory processing disorder .We are considering either Dr Alex Peterson or Dr Grandison from Berkeley. Any recommendation of either one of them would be great help. Thanks so much! Anna

I would suggest you work with Dr. Peterson. He's very good. anon

Both Dr. Peterson and Dr. Grandison are excellent! Both will do a thorough evaluation and spend the time you need to understand your child. If you are interested in having your son evaluated be sure to call ASAP to make an appointment as this is a extremely busy time of the year for them. Nancy

Dr. Grandison is very good - empathetic, effective and thourough. highly recommended! Juliane

Dr. Caroline Johnson, Neuropsych

June 2013

My almost 10 year old son needs neuropsych testing and Dr. Johnson was recommended to us. The latest review of her is from March 2011 and I'm wondering if anyone has had any more recent experiences. We are trying to rule out ADD, ADHD etc as well as receive some educational testing as we suspect that some of his issues may stem from high intelligence. Which leads me to my other question which is - what exactly is a gifted child and how do you know if you have one? My son is anxious, depressed and extremely dissatisfied with his world and we have been struggling for over a year now with how to help him. All insights extremely welcome. Worried mama

Dear worried mama, Caroline Johnson is wonderful, kind and very knowledgeable. We met with her for a consultation and she explained the whole process in detail. She did our child's neuropsych assessment last summer and all of the information has been very helpful. We continue to call or meet with her for follow up questions and advice. Make an appointment with her and get on her waiting list now. You can decide if she is a good fit for your son. Good luck--it is a hard road, but she is wonderful and will really help you figure things out. another mom

Hi - I have two kids with learning issues and Dr. Johnson has evaluated both of them. She is very kind and great with kids, advocates for you with the school district if your child needs help, and should qualify for special services. She also knows her stuff. I have been told by my pediatrician and my son's developmental pediatrician that she is ''the best.'' She is also very honest. My son has disabilities but she told us when he was evaluated that he did not qualify for special ed services because at the time of the testing it was not interfering with his ability to learn. (My son has AD/HD). That wasn't what we wanted to hear, necessarily, but was her honest opinion. That was five or six years ago. She is testing my daughter now and advocating with the school for better services for her. My daughter is very bright, but has pretty severe dyslexia. Because Dr. Johnson is a straight shooter, the schools and judges (if you have to go to hearing to get what you need) also respect her opinion. The down side of having a great reputation is that she is extremely busy. It usually takes several months to get appointment times to have your child evaluated. With my daughter we got appointments about six months in advance. She was good about getting the intial report within three or four weeks. The first time we used her it took longer to get the report. She is in demand and extremely busy, attending meetings at schools, etc. in addition to doing the testing. Hope that helps. Mom with special kids

Dr. Johnson (Kie) has assessed my daughter twice - in third and eighth grades. She is wonderful in every way. She is extremely experienced and knowledgable. She is completely professional. She is GREAT with kids. She has great respect for the children and families with whom she works. I can't sing her praises highly enough. She can also become an advocate for your child, with schools, teachers, etc. - explaining how your child works and what s/he needs. My daughter's issues were different than your son's but I think you cannot go wrong with Dr. Johnson. We learned a great deal that helped us and our daughter.. Grateful Mom

I cannot say enough good things about Kie Johnson. She is a consummate Pediatric Neuropsychologist-- highly skilled, experienced and attuned to both parents and children. As a therapist, I have referred kids to her many times, always with very satisfying results. And as a mother, we asked her to evaluate our son many years ago for some learning issues in an otherwise extremely intelligent kid (he went on to get a PhD). As the wife of a neuropsychologist, I know my husband has enormous respect for both her work and her person. RE: your other questions, don't get ahead of yourself! Let Kie take a look at your son and she will help you with some direction. Good luck Heidi

We had a Pediatric Neuro-psych Evaluation done for our child who sounds quite similar to your son. We also had our child tested at the Gifted Development Center (GDC) in Denver, Colorador. Both sets of test results were very helpful though if there is a chance your child is highly or profoundly gifted, I would have him tested at the GDC before getting the Neuro-psych evaluation. It was finding out the level of giftedness in our child, and what that meant, from life-long professionals in the field, that really started the process of improvement in our child's life and in our family life. We also have considerable experience with the challenges stemming from raising a twice-gifted child... who is both highly gifted and has ADD/ depression/ anxiety issues. If it would be of value, I'm happy to share more with you about our experience with all these tests, with numerous schools, and with the therapy and medication options we've tried. (If you'd like to talk more, please ask the Moderator for my contact info.) By the way, I do not know Caroline Johnson but Cynthia Peterson, who, I believe, shares an office with Caroline, did our Pediatric Neuro-psych Evaluation and was excellent. Wishing you all the best!

Neuropsych eval for 11 year old

Nov 2012

I'm considering a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation for my 11 year old daughter, through Raskob Institute. The psychologist is Dr. Mary Cunningham. Any feedback on neuropsych testing by either Raskob or Dr. Cunningham? Recommendations for other doctors? Kaiser won't cover, so cost is a factor, but I'm resigned to pay whatever, as long as I get some info. gotta help my kid

I highly recommend Alex Peterson, a pediatric neuropsychologist on College Ave. in Oakland. We had him do a full neuropsych evaluation for our son (ADHD and LD) when he was 13 yrs old and it was the best money we ever spent. He came highly recommended to us from a number of sources and we weren't disappointed. Extremely thorough and personable. After many years of struggling to figure out exactly what was challenging our son, we finally had a very clear picture of his strengths and weaknesses, along with excellent recommendations on ways to help him. I wish we had done it sooner. Pleased Parent

Neuropsychology testing for my 5 year old

March 2011

Hello, I'm looking for some input from Mom's & Dad's about neuropsychology testing for my 5 year old son. Do you have someone you have used? Did you like them and would you recommend them? Any information would be helpful. I will travel for a good doctor. Thank you.

Our family has recently had our son assessed with Dr. Kristin Gross in Albany. She is excellent - intelligent, keen insight and kind. She provided excellent recommendations on school strategies, as well(510)530-1676 East Bay Mom

We saw Carolyn Johnson several years ago. She is obviously very capable but I felt she was way too busy to follow through on anything. The draft of the report came four months after the testing.The report depended very heavily on pooled statements from previous reports, some of which were quite out of date. I had given them to her with the expectation that she'd talk to the people who had been working with my child since the reports were written, but she did not contact them before she wrote the draft. She did after I insisted that she do so, but at that point their comments were tacked on rather than integrated into her conclusions. With regard to the testing, there seemed to be relatively little analysis of the data; the narrative was more a line by line explanation of what the various categories of testing were. In short, it didn't seem very specific to my child. The final recommendations were simply to continue with what we were already doing, which while perhaps wise on her part, made me wonder why I had put my child through three days of testing and spent 5000 dollars.

She did come speak to my child's teachers once after the report but they quickly forgot about her suggestions. I did tell her the suggestions were not being implemented, but I didn't set up another meeting and I don't think she contacted them again; I think we were both just done.

When I went to pick my child from the testing, I heard her asking multiple choice questions, including, ''Do you think of killing yourself often, seldom, never at all?'' My child was six years old! To some of these multiple choice questions my child would say, ''I wouldn't think of it that way'' or ''none of those answers seem right,'' and she would just say, ''You have to choose one'' rather than finding out what my child was in fact thinking. I wished I had saved the money we paid her and spent them on people who would actually have worked with my child. anon

Neuro-psychologists - has anyone worked with these?

May 2010

We are looking into neuro-psych testing for our nine year- old. Insurance would cover the following doctors. We were wondering if anybody has worked with them, in particular the field of ADHD-PI and difficulty with working memory/text generation: Charlotte Crawford, Mary Heller or David Pingitore.

Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience with Dr. Pingitore. He may be known to be competent in his testing abilities and have a generally solid reputation, but he was cold as ice and interactions were very, very awkward--not the kind of nurturing environment you would want for your child, I imagine. In addition, the final report he delivered based on his evaluation--although ultimately helpful--was riddled with typos and biographical errors. We would go elsewhere, if we had it to do over again. -Anon

Neuropsych evaluation for 6-y-o - worth it?

April 2010

I have an almost 6 year old who, well, has always had issues in the emotional regulation and social skills department. My pediatrician suggested yesterday that maybe its time we pursue a formal neuropsych evaluation. Social situations have always been difficult: in his toddler years he never wanted to play with other kids, always preferred to play alone, still has a hard time reading social cues and has a hard time with the reciprocity of interaction and sometimes personal space. Even now, I'm a little tense when there's social interactions because my son's history doesn't fill me with confidence that it will go well. Emotionally, he's volatile. Recently we've seen some improvements in his behavior mostly because I have found some good tools to use (from a center whose clientele is primarily those with ASD).On the flip side, he is a very charming, intelligent boy (even though I just made him sound like a miserable one) and again, is making some improvements. So I'm really on the fence about a neuropsych evaluation because 1)it's extraordinarily expensive and we'd have to get help to pay for it and 2)his behaviors are not SO obvious all the time - he would never qualify for services at his school so what's the point? and 3)I worry that the evaluation process would make him feel like something was wrong with him - he's already incredibly self-conscious. At the same time, I need whatever help I can get. Thank you for your thoughts - sorry for the longwindedness. anon

My 6 year old son just completed a neuropsych evaluation. I haven't gotten the results back yet, but I'm very glad I did it (although our insurance covered most of the cost). The behaviors you describe are worth investigating. The results of the evaluation are just more information that you can use to provide the best support for your son. Early intervention is always better than later intervention. Also, you may find that you can use the results to qualify for some accommodation at school (you may find learning issues that you didn't know were there). My son enjoyed the evaluation. I framed it as just a series of doctor visits to see how his mind was growing - just like getting weighed and measured at his yearly well check. He loved the experience. My son knows that he has some social challenges (same issues you mention). We talk about it all the time, even though heC,bd rather not, because I donC,bt want it to be some big, bad thing that he should feel shame about. I try to frame it as just one of the things that makes him who he is and that we can work on. Finally, donC,bt underestimate the amount of energy you are putting into dealing with your sonC,bs behavior. My situation might be a lot worse than yours, but if you are like me, you are living in a storm (the emotional volatility) and have gotten used to it. Anything you can do to improve your sonC,bs behavior, even in small increments, will pay off for both of you. Feel free to email me. anon

Hi I am married to a child neuropsychologist. The cost is expensive and well worth it. The time spent with your child and giving you a snapshot of where he is at and a game plan to move forward and make progress is priceless.The children I see leaving the office are often laughing and have had a good time. Sure there is lots of work involved but a child neuropsychologist knows how to incorperate play and work to get the best for your child. My wife might not be the right person for you in which case she would refer you to the right therapist. Make sure you have your questions written down and answered as you interview your prospective neuropsychologist. It can take my wife a couple of days to answer your phone call. It's best to email her with any questions and then set up a phone appointment. She is located in Lafayette just minutes from Berkeley. Good Luck Jacques Dr. Elea Bernou

We had a neuropsych eval done for our 4.5yr old son and then later when he was eleven. We found it tremedously helpful. The neuropsychologist Dr. Grandison of Berkeley (used to work at Children's when they provided this service) took time to explain what it can tell us, what it can't, what the results mean, etc. She made it interesting and challenging for our son both time w/ good breaks. Our son wa diagnosed w/ ADHD and learning/sensory disorders. We were able to use it for getting help at school though it was a big struggle nevertheless. But sometimes these struggles can be well worth it with the right expertise and support. Special ed. attorney and mom of special needs child Jean Adams of was our tool to get our son through the system. I did not wait to get authorization through my insurance so it was a lot of money; we took it off as medical expenses. Still worth it. We wish we got the second neuro eval sooner and took on an attorney sooner. So much struggle and grief. Now, our son is doing well with what we have set up and he's happier. My new motto is ''never say never.'' We've learned a lot through this process. Feel free to contact me directly if you want to talk things over- parent-to-parent. Monica

Psych evaluation for gifted 6 year old

March 2010

We need a psyche evaluation for our 6 year old kindergartener who also happens to be gifted. The school is requesting the evaluation based on some behavioral issues at school. We want to use a psychologist who is very familiar with gifted patients so that we get an accurate assessment. We've read and heard that giftedness can often be overlooked resulting in incorrect findings of ADD or ADHD, etc... We'd like information on Terry (Teresa) Doyle in Oakland and/or Daniel Peters in Walnut Creek. anonymous

We wanted an evaluation of our gifted son and used Lisa White, PhD. (she did her dissertation of gifted kids). We were so pleased and helped by her evaluation and recommendations that we then had our second child tested. It's critical to have testing done by someone familiar with gifted issues. Dr. White works with Dr. Peters at Summit Center in Walnut Creek. I highly recommend them. Kathleen

We've worked with Terry Doyle in Oakland and recommend her highly. She is thorough, experienced, and insightful. I would trust her to approach each child with an open mind, without jumping to any conclusions, and to identify your child's strengths as well as challenges. She has a warm, gentle manner and relates well to people of all ages. a mom

I can enthusiastically recommend Carina Grandison at Children's Hospital -- she did a very perceptive evaluation for us that has been useful for understanding our child for years afterwards.

For a less expensive alternative you might try the Ann Martin Center. We recently had a quite good experience with Andrea Miller there.

Read the final report carefully 2 or 3 times -- it can take a while for information to sink in. Good luck! Been there

Neuropsychology evaluation for teen with ADD

March 2010

My son was diagnosed with ADD about 1 1/2 years ago. He has tried several medications but still has difficulty concentrating in school. His psychologist has suggested a neuropsychology evaluation to uncover any underying learning problems. I'm looking for a psychologist who is good with teenage boys. Any suggestions? My son is also open to the idea of seeing a education specialist; someone who can help him with planning and organizational skills. Time management is a big issue. Any recommendations? We live near Berkeley. Thank you for your help. parent of teenage boy

Dr. Jack Davis can be reached at 510-693-8439. I have known his work for nearly 15 years. He is insightful and thorough in his evaluation. He is respectful and extremely helpful. Good luck! Marianne, Educational Therapist

2007 - 2009 Recommendations

Nov 2009

Re: Gifted 9th grader with possible AHDH
Our daughter is exceptionally bright with a myriad of learning differences including ADHD. She too is in High School but was diagnosed earlier. She is on Concerta. I fought against putting her on medication for many years however she asked for them in 8th Grade and I honored her request. It has helped exhorbitantly. She can focus more in class and I don't think she could navigate her High School classes without it. She has few side effects. Some headaches the first few weeks of taking it but she says that they disappeared after her body adjusted.

What is most important though is that your son truly understands how his brain works. To that end, I can't say enough about Dr. Teresa Doyle. She is a neuropsychologist who has a unique insight to kids with learning differences and she and her staff after testing are able to discuss with you and your son his strengths and weaknesses. As a psychologist, she can offer counseling as well.

After filtering through and administering more tests, what she also can do is a project with your son that helps explain to him and to his teachers his learning differences. By presenting this himself, he at that point will become his own and best self advocate. Projects can be anything from artwork, to a written and bound book, to a power point (my daughter's choice) or anything that your son and Terry decide on. As an example, my daughter's Power Point has been shown for the last two years to her teachers with great success. With a little ''tweaking'' it can even be shown to professors in College.

I know if you have a diagnosis, you have already had some tests administered and interpreted (we did too) but I still think you should contact Terry. She is on College Ave and her number is 510- 594-1926. She is pretty amazing.

Dr. Caroline Johnson, Neuropsych

Oct 2009

My 5-1/2 year old kindergarten daughter will meet with Dr. Caroline Johnson for a neuropsychological assesment soon. I have seen some older posts on parents experience with Dr. Johnson, but want to hear from someone whose children were recently evaluated by her. Are you satisfied with her assessment? Does it help you in understanding your child's needs, obtaining services from the school district.. etc? Any comment is appreciated. AH

My son has seen Dr. Johnson three times over the years and she has always been really helpful, compassionate, and professional. She is well regarded in the community and we were told by many people that she's particularly good with working with kids who don't necessarily fall into a neat diagnostic category. Happy with Dr. Johnson

Neuropsych testing for 10-year-old

Oct 2009

Looking for someone covered under Blue Shield for neuropsych testing for my 10 year old. oakland mom

Jack Fahey at Herrick Hospital is very good for this. Phone # 204-4570. You need to have Fahey's assistant get it pre- approved by Blue Shield and if possible, get it classified as a medical issue (e.g. assessing for brain dysfuntion). Otherwise, you may need to go through Blue Shield's mental health provision, which can be more difficult. anon

I recommend Dr. Alex Peterson in Oakland for neuropsych testing - he was thorough, very kind, and put our child at ease during the 3 days of testing. His conclusions were correct, and addressed learning style as well as special needs, psych issues, and even eye-tracking - which led us to take my kid to UCB opthomology clinic to get some much-needed eye-tracking retraining! Dr. P. gave us a lot of time and care, and even re- did certain tests because he felt my child was upset one day and did not test accurately. I have Blue Cross/Anthem PPO and it was covered to some extent, but he was with Children's Hospital then (which is not a preferred provider) and now is in private practice. Call and ask them if he is a preferred provider now. Good luck. glad we finally did the testing

Dr. Carina Grandison and Dr. Alex Peterson are neuropsychologists I would recommend without reservation. They are both extremely competent, thorough and sensitive. Both Dr. Grandison and Dr. Peterson were formerly at Children's Hospital, and have great depth of experience which informs their interpretations and recommendations. They follow clients through transitions, including to college and work and work collaboratively with allied professionals. Dr. Grandison: 510-499-6462; Dr. Peterson: 510-531-0500. Linda L

Neuropsychologist to do testing for under-10 year old

Jan 2009

I am looking for recommendation on Neuropsychologist to do testing and evaluation with expertise on children under 10 Years of age. I have a list of names, but don't know any of them. Appreciate any information on any of the doctors listed below. Dr. Mary Heller Oakland, Charlotte Crawford Berkeley, Gregory Alter Berkeley, Antonia Bercovici Berkeley, Lori Wensley San Francisco, Kathleen Fahrner San Francisco,Tom Hall San Mateo, Henry Hoey Livermore. Thank you F.

I recommend Cynthia Peterson, Ph.D. and Chi Johnson, Ph.D. 510-843-2005. They are excellent and from my experience will follow through with the school as well. Neuropsychologist Recommendation

How about Diane Kosters in Walnut Creek. Diane tested our 8 yo son last year and did a great job. Not only make our son feel welcome she also gave us a working report that has been very helpful. Not only did we get a clear diagnosis but we got a plan of action. Good Luck, a thankful parent anon

Neuropsychologist to evaluate 12 year old

June 2007

We need to get a neuropsychological evaluation for our 12 year old son. Our insurance (healthnet) may cover it, but the only people they are contracted with are: John Fahy, Sonya Lifshay, Leonard Price, Michael Rodevich, and Michael Weber. I know nothing about any of them-has anyone seen any of these psychologists, and do you have any feedback? Thank you!

We had a full neuro-psych eval. done for our son by Jack Fahey. He is an exceptionally caring, objective, and bright person. I can recommend him highly. He gave me a lot of time to understand any questions I had. Very thorough and highly competent. anon.

We had a good experience with John Fahy, who did a neuropsych eval on our 13-year-old a few years ago. He was thorough, yet made the experience quite enjoyable for our child, and produced a clear, comprehensible report. anon

Of the Neuropsychologists you mentioned (my partner has worked with all of them at Herrick), Jack Fahy has the most expertise with children. He is a good guy. Sonia has retired. This is not the group that most folks would consult with for school related issues, but they are all good with the medical/psychological part of the picture. Melanie

2004 - 2006 Recommendations

Neuropsychologist for autistic spectrum disorder

March 2006

We'd like feedback on the neuropsychologists who have been recommended to us: Alex Peterson, Kristin Gross, Cynthia Peterson, and Carolyn Johnson (and any others you may really like). This is for an evaluation of a preschooler with an autistic spectrum disorder -- we need very specific and clear recommendations re education and treatment. Thank you. Anonymous

I really like Cynthia Peterson and Chi Johnson. They are good at follow-up, both in person and on the phone and will advocate at the school as well. anon mom

Neuropsychologist for 16 yr old

Oct 2005

My 16 year old daughter needs to have a neuropsychological evaluation. We are new to the area and have no idea where to look. She has a history of cognitive problems due to a childhood onset of Multiple Sclerosis and I know I will need this exam to help her get the accommodations she needs for standardized testing like the SAT's. If anyone knows of a competent, reasonable neuropsychologist, I would really appreciate the recommendation. Thanks

Rochelle Wolk, Ph.D., is fabulous - many years of experience, thorough evaluation, and a clear report with helpful recommendations. Her office number is 510-658-7445. anon

You have a terrific Neuropsychologist right in Berkeley. Her name is Dr. Elea Bernou, (925) 457-4214. She lives in Berkeley, may practice in Walnut Creek. She's very compassionate and really well trained. My husband saw her recently and was very impressed. Her specialty is children and teens. Julie

Psychologist for special education evaluation

May 2005

My child is an elementary school student at Berkeley Unified. The school district completed a very shoddy special education evaluation of her, relying primarily on the work of a student intern. We have requested a second evaluation and we have been given a selection of four outside assessors. Does anyone know anything about: Cheryl Jacques, Caroline Johnson, Vincent Nunno or Teresa Doyle. Thank you.

Theresa Doyle is one of the best people in the bay area for this sort of thing. You really can't do any better -- but you might have to wait. Sometimes she's booked far in advance because she is so good. She is quite experienced, incredibly smart, very warm and compassionate. She will give you feedback you can use and she will connect well with your child. I have worked with her professionally in various capacities and I also hear nothing but good things about her from other people. Good Luck! Diane

I have worked with Dr. Teresa Doyle for a neuropsychological assessment for one of my own children, as well as some of the clients I have worked with in my private practice. She is excellent, and has a long waiting list. She may be worth waiting for, however. Her reports are thorough, her approach to parents and children respectful, kind, and in the spirit of discovery vs. pathology. Her reports have helped me both personally and professionally know more about a child: how they tick cognitively and emotionally, and what specific interventions would be useful.

Another neuropsychologist I have found to both work well with clients and parents, and who writes good reports is Dr. Alex Peterson at Children's Hospital, Oakland. Laura

Welcome to the special ed maze. You don't have to choose from the school district's list, which is another story. (You might want to consult a special education advocate.) However, I've heard Dr. Vincent Nunno speak and describe his work, and I was impressed enough that I'd trust him to do a thorough, accurate evaluation. Betsy

Neuropsych evaluation for 11-y-o

March 2005

We just received our 11-year-old daughter's standardized test scores and were a bit dismayed at the results. Upon further checking, we've realized that every year since second grade her scores have been declining. Her vocabulary score was very low. Our family therapist has advised a comprehensive neuropsych evaluation (including IQ test) to help us determine whether she may have learning disabilities of some sort. He recommended Dr. Kristine Gross at CHO. We were wondering whether anyone has had personal experience with Dr. Gross or CHO.

As we've been trying to get up to speed on this new development, we feel like we are getting more confused than anything else. Some people say a neuropsych eval is recommended if your child has had a head injury (ours has not). Others say some neuropsych evals don't look at emotional issues that may also have a bearing on learning issues. We were under the impression that a neuropsych eval was a specific set of tests, but apparently that is not true. Different practitioners might do different tests and potentially interpret the results in different ways. The level of training also can vary from one practitioner to another. As the process involves a big time commitment and a lot of money, we want to make sure we are seeing the right person for our daughter. We would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have been through this. What should we look for? What kinds of questions should we ask? What should we expect in the final report? Thanks in advance to anyone who may have something to share. anonymous

I haven't heard of that neuropsychologist, but have a lot of experience working with Caren Kovar, Ph.D. who is located at the Childrens' Health Council at Stanford. She is excellent. Deborah

I am a school psychologist. I do not know of the clinician from CHO you mention, but in graduate school I did have some superivision with Carolyn Johnson, Ph.D., who was with CHO and now is in private practice. She was incredibly astute, dedicated, and thorough and had a wonderful style with her child clients. I continue to hear good things about her. One thing you may have already learned is that there is a long waiting list at CHO, as well as for most private clinicians (sometimes 3 to 6 months).

Neuropsychologist for dyslexia

Feb 2005

Does anyone have any experience with neuropsychologists Cynthia Peterson or Dr. Robert Solley? They both apparently assess children. My child shows some signs of possibly being dyslexic, and has some auditory processing and memory issues. I don't know if this is the way to go or if we should be working with a educational therapist. Thanks for any information regarding your experience with these people, any other neuropsychologists you have worked with, and the assessment process. Many Thanks

Our son was recently diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and he also has dyslexia, dysgraphia and processing issues. His neuropsych assessment was done by Dr. Alex Peterson at the Neuropsychology Assessment Service of Children's Hospital Oakland. We were very pleased with the assessment. Dr. Peterson gave us lots of information about our son and recommendations for his care and education including names and numbers of recommended educational therapists and other providers. Unfortunately, the wait time to get the appointments for the assessment was several months and it was not covered by our insurance. Dr. Peterson's phone number is (510) 428-3885 ext. 2809 Good luck

2003 & Earlier

Neuropsychologists for ADHD Assessment

Feb 2000

Can anyone recommend a neuropsychologist for assessment? My almost-12 year old has ADHD, a learning disability, and is highly gifted. I feel it important to find someone who understands all of these conditions and their interaction, since they seem to mask and compensate for each other. I don't think the school has a handle on what he needs and I know his teacher doesn't, since she ignores his special ed plan. I've read the Parents' list recommendations for ADHD assessment, and note that Brad Berman is highly recommended, is he appropriate for this? A knowledgeable professional has recommended Bob Kaufman, so I'm inclined to pursue that - anyone have experience with him? Children's gave me the names of Corinna Grandison and Theresa Doyle, any experience with them? I'm not even sure what's entailed compared to a psychoeducational assessment (which he's had). How much does this cost? I've heard $1000-2500. Dana

Myla Young, PhD. She was a teacher of mine and not only a wonderful neuropsypchologist, but a warm, down to earth person. jennifer

I highly recommend Carina Grandison. She is bright, thoughtful, and very sensative to children and parents equally. She has great understanding of children, development, and how they are effected by learning environments. She will be able to discuss your child's needs and make recommentations for home, school settings and learning stragegies. I work with Carina and have been privilidged to part of a number of her neuropsychological assessments of some very complex children. Afterwords, everyone involved with these children had a much better sense of their strengths, struggles, and the strategies they use to cope, as well as some ideas for helping them manage in school and at home. I think you will be pleased with her and her work.

I know Teresa Doyle professionally very well and I would highly recommend her. She is one of the very best Child Neuropsychologist's in the Bay Area and your child would be fortunate to have an assessment with her. She can be extremely busy and you may be put on a waiting list for a long time. Her Psychological Assistant, Michelle Horton is also excellent and I would highly recommend her if Terry doesn't have time. I would easity recommend a friend of family member to either one of them. Sharon