Welcome to Kirk Neurobehavioral Health

Welcome to Kirk Neurobehavioral Health. Our clinic was founded by Dr. John Kirk in 2006 out of a desire to promote the academic and emotional success of all children, especially those with learning and attention difficulties. The educational and social demands of today’s society present challenges for all students. Students with learning and attention concerns are particularly vulnerable to social and psychological stressors. Our goal is to help identify the barriers these students face and provide a plan for treatment that allows them to reach their potential.

At Kirk NBH, every evaluation is tailored to meet the individual needs of the student and to identify his/her strengths and weaknesses so that we may prescribe effective educational and therapeutic interventions and treatment plans. These treatment plans can help to obtain formal educational accommodations/modifications or special education services at school, identify and coordinate private services within the community, engage specific therapeutic services (i.e., counseling, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy), and/or facilitate referrals for medication.

We realize that you have a lot of options when it comes to finding help for your student. We frequently see children who have been misdiagnosed and have participated in ineffective treatments. Therefore, we feel it is important to have a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a fellowship-trained clinical neuropsychologist. Our doctors are experienced, licensed psychologists with additional training in developmental psychology, brain development, and medical complications that affect brain functioning. All our neuropsychologists work with children, adolescents, and young adults with dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, concussions, epilepsy, twice exceptional, and various other neurodevelopmental conditions.

To learn more about the services we provide and how we may be of assistance, feel free to call our office today. We look forward to working with you and your family!

WHAT IS PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGY?​

Pediatric Neuropsychology is a professional specialty concerned with learning and behavior in the context of the developing child or adolescent. Our doctors conduct evaluations with children and adolescents who have suspected learning, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties. Through formal testing of functional skills, such as memory and attention, we will measure your child’s brain functions. The neuropsychological evaluation typically involves a clinical interview, paper/pencil question and answer tests, computer tests, and behavioral rating forms, which are completed by parents and teachers. The results of the evaluation will be used to identify specific areas of concern and address how to most effectively treat those concerns.

What is assessed during the evaluation?

  • General Cognitive Skills (Intelligence)
  • Academic Achievement (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic)
  • Executive Functioning Skills
    (i.e., Planning/Organization, Impulsivity, Problem Solving, Flexibility in thinking, etc.)
  • Attention and Concentration
  • Learning and Memory (of Auditory and Visual Information)
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Visual-Spatial Skills
  • Motor Coordination
  • Social, Behavioral, and Emotional Functioning

who will benefit from these services?

Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, with suspected:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disorders (LD), Dyslexia
  • Learning and/or Attention difficulties in the context of “giftedness” (sometimes referred to as “twice exceptional”)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (i.e., Autism, Asperger’s Disorder)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Sports-Related Concussions
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Tourette’s Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability and Developmental Delays
  • Speech/Language Disorders and Delays
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder
  • Various Genetic Disorders (i.e., Fragile X Syndrome, Velocardiofacial Syndrome VCFS, Turner Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, etc.)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

how is this different from a school psychological evaluation?

  • Public schools are limited in their resources and often only briefly assess intelligence, academics, and sometimes behavior through parent and teacher rating forms.
  • The goal of a school psychological evaluation is to identify eligibility for special education services, while a neuropsychological evaluation can identify your child’s problems in the context of a suspected diagnosis and identify your child’s relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Our doctors may attend the school’s IEP and Section 504 Plan meetings in order to assist in the communication of the information from his assessment with the educational providers.

understanding concussions

Our doctors have expertise and experience in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have sustained sports-related concussions. We have assisted with return to play decision making for athletes from recreational leagues, high school athletics, college athletics, and professional sports organizations. Through the use of neuropsychological tests, which measure memory, attention, processing speed, and reaction time, our doctors will work with your treating physician or athletic trainer to determine when it is safe to return to physical activity.

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