Special Programs

Our Approach

To provide effective management of learning problems without unnecessary stress to the family, the WMG Learning and Development Program offers:

  • Comprehensive, multi-specialty, multi-modality professional services at one location provided by board certified neurologists, neuropsychologists, family therapists, and child therapists on-site.
  • Diagnostic and treatment options based on the latest scientific research.
  • Private school admissions testing and evaluation.
  • Treatment plans developed by the professional staff closely coordinated with the child's parents, pediatrician, and school personnel.
  • Periodic assessments and regular communication between providers, family members, and educators to assure each child receives the optimum level of services, no more nor less than is necessary for his/her unique needs.
  • A benefits counselor to assure an affordable and/or reimbursable program.

Our Diagnostic Process

The WMG Learning and Development Program's evaluation process is straightforward and simple.

  1. Parents complete a questionnaire that will provide the clinic with detailed background information regarding their child.
  2. The child will have an initial consultation and evaluation by a staff clinician.
  3. If indicated, the intake clinician may advise that more in-depth studies be undertaken such as blood tests, EEG, tests of attentions, neuropsychological and/or psycho-educational tests. Most of these can be obtained on-site.
  4. After the evaluation has been completed, a conference between the family, pediatrician, and other professional staff will be held to discuss the diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Our Treatment Services

The program's treatment services fall into the following three general areas:

Cognitive Training:

  • Cognitive skill training is offered, utilizing specially developed computer programs under the guidance of a trained therapist. These programs are tailored to the individual child's needs with emphasis on attention, memory, and problem-solving strategies, as well as basic logic and reasoning.
  • Professional tutoring is also available in specific academic areas as well as for assisting children to develop better study and test-taking skills.

Behavioral Modalities:

  • Individual and family counseling/therapy are provided to help understand the child's unique learning style, improve self-esteem, reduce stress, and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Social skills training groups are offered to facilitate improved interpersonal relations, sensitivity to others, and appropriate participation in-group work and play situations.
  • Parenting skills seminars are offered to assist parents to better understand and deal with their child's learning difficulties. Such universal issues as time and TV management, effective discipline methods, limit setting, and homework are also addressed.
  • Neurofeedback therapy - also called "EEG biofeedback" - is provided as an effective non-drug method of helping a child develop self-regulated attention skills. In numerous studies, this technique has shown specific benefits with attentional disorders and is also highly effective in helping manage anxiety (including "test-anxiety") and panic disorders.

Pharmacological (Medication) Approaches:

  • We believe that non-drug approaches are preferable, medications can sometimes be very useful in helping manage some aspects of learning problems. For example, primary attentional disorders and more severe anxiety and depression often respond well to drug therapy. In all cases, medication is closely monitored by the prescribing physician.