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There are a number of different Health and Mental Health specialists with whom we are associated, consult with, and refer patients/clients and their families when in need.
Physicians who specialize in child and adolescent medical care. If your
child does not already have a Pediatrician, we will be happy to give you
the names of several highly reputed and caring Pediatricians in your neighborhood.
American Board of Pediatrics
Physicians: Physicians who generalize in the medical care of
all members of a family, including children, teens, adults and elders.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Internists: Physicians who specialize in the medical
care and health of adults. American
and Pediatric Neurologists: Physicians who specialize
in the functioning and health of the brain and nervous system.
If we feel that
you or your child needs further specialized evaluation or treatment,
we can help you and your physician find an exceptional Neurologist
we've had contact. American Neurological
Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT or Ear Nose and Throat): Physicians who specialize in disorders in the area of the head and neck. If we have concern that a problem has a physical basis (e.g., structural, related illness) in the throat, nose, or ears, or if these areas need evaluation, we will be happy to work with you and your physician to get you an excellent referral. American Society for Otorhinolaryngologists
Among the mental health experts with whom
we work include:
These Physicians (M.D.) have completed Medical School and a four-year
residency in the evaluation/treatment of various emotional/mental symptoms
and conditions. They are able to prescribe medications for such disorders
as ADHD, Depression, Panic and Aggressive Behavior states. They also
perform evaluations to determine whether a physical condition or illness
is contributing to you or your child’s speech and language concerns.
In extreme cases, Psychiatrists, have access to specialized hospitals
for the care and treatment of behavioral disorders. Most Psychiatrists
have some training in later adolescent care through elderly adult concerns.
Many also have extensive training in family and individual psychotherapy. American
Psychiatrists: These Psychiatrists have had at least two additional
years of training, and experience in evaluating and treating children
of all age groups. These can include, infants, toddlers, school-age children,
pre-teens, and teenagers, as well as their families and their parents'
emotional, thinking and behavioral problems. American
Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
Clinical Psychologists have completed a Ph.D. or a Psy. D., (meaning five
or more years after college), studying human behavior, working on research
projects, and learning different forms of therapy. In addition, they usually
have three additional Clinical Training years that are required and supervised
to learn clinical treatments. Psychologists are experts with various evaluation
instruments, commonly called "Psychological Tests", for evaluating
emotional, neurological, behavioral or other contributions to speech and
language (and other disorders). Some Psychologists, called "Neuropsychologists"
evaluate the physical brain problems that may affect children and adults.
Many Psychologists are experts in Family or Group therapies for emotional
Psychologists have taken additional time to train and study
the disorders and treatment of children, pre-teens, teens, their families
and parents. American Psychological Association
and Family Counselors: (MFCCs): have a Master's degree
in Psychology and an additional one and a half years of clinical
training. Many are
very knowledgeable in individual and family counseling. Also, some counselors
perform a variety of testing procedures. American
Clinical Social Workers (LCSW): These professionals have a
Master Degree in Social Work (MSW), usually three years post-undergraduate
degree, and a full two years of Clinical experience. These therapists
are also available for evaluation and treatment of children, teenagers,
their families and parents. Clinical
Psychologists (Ed. D. or Ph. D. in educational Psychology):
These specialists have Doctoral level training in the assessment/evaluation,
treatment, and educational planning for children, teens, and adults with
learning disorders, physical or neurological/brain disorders contributing
to learning problems and families struggling to cope with such problems,
pertaining to the school and educational system. They perform testing,
often of a more specialized nature, to help your children's teachers and
tutors (and the school) come up with a better, more comprehensive IEP
and to accentuate or use your child's strengths. California
Association of Educational Psychologist
Therapist: Any Psychotherapist with additional training and
experience in treating families in a mixture of individual and conjoint
(together) sessions, to help with better communication skills, emotional
expression and honesty, and coping skills. The
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Originally, this term was used to describe the interaction with a professional
in which specific advice and goals were set. These days it represents
an alternate form of brief therapy with specific goals in mind. The
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
In addition to physicians and mental health
professionals, we have placed audiology in this section. Audiologists
frequently work with physicians (as well as speech pathologists) to assist
in issues related to the ear and it's functioning.
Audiologist: A non-medical professional specializing in the evaluation, identification and habilitation or rehabilitation of hearing loss. Audiologists have a Master's Degree or Doctorate from an accredited college or university, and are typically certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Audiologists test the hearing of a wide range of individuals from infancy to the geriatric populations. They are trained in a number of skills related to hearing problems including, but not limited to, counseling and aural rehabilitation, diagnoses of a number of auditory impairments and dysfunctions (including CAPD), assessment for and fitting of hearing aids, and the assessment for assistive listening devices. Audiologists work collaboratively with the primary care physician and ENT or ear surgeon in determining appropriate recommendations for hearing healthcare.