We evaluate and treat all school-related and behavioral child/adolescent issues. This includes Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, OCD, Anxiety, Asperger’s and all Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS certificate number 151). We see children from Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Highlands Ranch and Denver.
Adults are seen on a case by case basis.
A Learning (Disability/Differences) Evaluation will uncover the reasons a child is performing poorly in school.
Through testing, the doctor will thoroughly understand then communicate their strengths and weaknesses.
There are several types of Learning Disabilities including Auditory Deficits which might affect phonics and listening. Visual Processing deficits sometimes called dyslexia, cause delays and frustration in the reading process. Later in Elementary School or even High School deficits in logic and reasoning can come into play.
Parents meet with the doctor who presents a no-nonsense gameplan that might include recommendations for the school (504 or IEP plan), pinpoint tutoring, placement changes and parenting recommendations. SEE NEXT TAB FOR DETAILS OF TESTING AND THE FOLLOWING TAB FOR PRICING.
Dr. Eisenberg performs other psychological evaluations and treats Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Behavioral Acting-out, school avoidance, social withdrawal, abrupt personality changes and divorce.
A child or teen with Attention Disorders (ADHD formerly called ADD) exhibits daydreaming, disorganization, distractibility, resistance to schoolwork and difficulty sitting. Girls (and some boys) however, often do not have the hyper element but are more inattentive and procrastinate. ADHD/ADD children cannot keep their backpack organized and need electronics to sit through a restaurant meal.
The ADHD assessment helps one understand whether focus issues are really caused by ADHD or possibly due to personality issues, lack of motivation, anxiety or auditory processing deficits. Then there is a game plan and report presented to parents for improvement of focus. Dr. Eisenberg is oriented toward nonpharmacological interventions but medications will be recommended if absolutely necessary. SEE NEXT TAB FOR DETAILS OF TESTING AND THE FOLLOWING TAB FOR PRICING.
Children, adolescents and adults with High Functioning Autism, formerly called Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty connecting with others, making eye contact, and reading subtle social signals. They are sometimes filled with preoccupations (Thomas the Tank, Pokemon, Star Wars) which causes incessant talk and play. Sensory concerns occur like aversions to fabrics, textures, foods and noises. The doctor is concerned about their social reciprocity. The game plan details the therapies needed as well as teaches the parents to better speak the language of their child. Children on the Spectrum require more visual and less verbal parenting.
Having been a Child Psychologist for 25 years, and a College Professor, we have knowledge of most area public and private schools. We influence the school’s support of the child by creating an IEP or 504 plan that includes accommodations or needed services. We recommend school placements. Public and private schools plus all U.S. colleges do accept our recommendations for accommodations such as extended testing time.
Many times schools delay assessments. A full evaluation can be pre-emptive to underachievement or low-self-esteem due to it. Our testing is a very reliable method capable of detecting the causes of any school-related or behavioral issue. The evaluation is customized to the problems presented. I will thoroughly understand the child’s personal and academic faults and strengths PLUS the parent’s need to change their approach. The latter means that if your child is overindulged or underdisciplined, I will tell you and recommend alternative methods. I recommend medication only if absolutely necessary but have a host of nonpharmacological techniques for improving focus and social skills.
I meet personally with parents (teens over 14 are included) to review test results and discuss treatment plans (called the gameplan), in a no-nonsense straight-talk manner. We also connect with area doctors and schools. School advocacy is recommended when appropriate. This means I will go into the school with you to push for your child’s needs.