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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center (GLNC) provides comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessment, as well as, interventions to assist parents and families to understand a child’s strengths and challenges. At GLNC we offer evidence based psychological and neuropsychological services to develop skills and provide supports for greater success in the lives of children.

EVALUATION

Clinicians at the GLNC utilize a multi-layered approach to evaluate the child’s cognitive, neurobehavioral, emotional, and individual skills as they contribute to a better understanding of the
child’s functioning.

About Neuropsychology

Pediatric neuropsychology is a specialty concerned with learning and behavior in relation to a child’s brain. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are associated with the development of brain structures
and systems.

Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development. Neuropsychology services at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center are available to individuals ages 1-18.

Benefits of an Evaluation

Neuropsychological evaluations assist in better understanding a child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. Gaining insight in these areas helps the child’s parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians provide treatments/interventions to meet the child’s unique needs.

Neuropsychology services are recommended when
a child has:

  • Difficulty with learning, attention, memory, or communication
  • Difficulty with behavior, socialization, or emotional control
  • Disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain
  • Brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or prematurity
  • Conditions or complications such as:
    Epilepsy/Seizures, ADHD, Concussion/Brain Injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Prematurity/Low, Birth Weight, Cancer/Brain Tumors, History of Organ Transplant, Emotional Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Tic Disorders

What to Expect

The psychologist will meet with the child and caregiver(s). Then the child will spend much of the day with the psychologist completing various evaluation activities, for example, solving puzzles, listening and remembering information, using their hands to construct things or draw pictures, and possibly working on a computer.

Caregivers are a vital part of the assessment team in providing information, history and current concerns. In addition to meeting together, caregivers will be interviewed without the child present on the day of the evaluation. At the conclusion of the evaluation, feedback regarding the evaluation results and diagnostic impressions are provided.

Intervention recommendations are provided to better understand and manage challenging behaviors that impact all aspects of the child’s life. These recommendations may impact medical, educational, or social functioning, and provide links to resources to make informed decisions.

TREATMENT

GLNC provides therapy services to address emotional and behavioral issues, as well as psychological aspects of chronic or acute illness, injury and health-related behaviors.

Child and Adolescent Therapy

We provide therapy to children, adolescents, and families to address a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. GLNC psychologists use research-based treatments to address a variety of concerns, such as:

  • Anxiety Disorders (e.g. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, etc.)
  • Mood disorders (e.g. Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (e.g. Trichotillomania, chronic skin picking,
    severe nail biting, etc.)
  • Tourette’s Disorder

Pediatric Psychology Therapy

We provide therapy to address the psychological aspects of chronic or acute illness, injury, and the promotion of health-related behaviors in children, adolescents, and families. We are focused on addressing the developmental and environmental factors that contribute to the stress of having a medical condition; improving outcomes in children with medical conditions; treating the comorbid behavioral and emotional components of illness and injury; and promoting proper health behaviors. These services focus on issues such as:

  • Adjusting to new diagnosis for medical conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, childhood cancer, renal disease, and others.
  • Developing adherence plans for chronic conditions.
  • Promoting proper health behaviors for conditions such as chronic or recurrent pain, carrying excess weight, enuresis, encopresis, and others.
  • Systematic parent training programs to help parents accept and cope with the diagnosis and care of medically ill children.

MEET OUR TEAM

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MELISSA FISCHER, PSYD, LP
MELISSA FISCHER, PSYD, LPClinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Dr. Fischer specializes in conducting individualized assessments with children and adolescents who display neurodevelopmental difficulties.

Dr. Fischer is a licensed clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center. Dr. Fischer received her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional School of Psychology. During her graduate studies, Dr. Fischer received specialized training in both neuropsychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

She attended internship in Pediatric Neuropsychology and Pediatric Psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship to further specialize in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.During her internship and fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Fischer developed expertise in neurodevelopment, including work conducting assessments on at-risk infants with rare diseases, as well as evaluations of children and adults with a wide range of medical issues. Following her fellowship, Dr. Fischer worked at the Fraser Center before joining GLNC.Dr. Fischer specializes in conducting individualized assessments with children and adolescents who display neurodevelopmental difficulties including: developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorder (LD), comorbid medical conditions, and social-emotional, mood and behavioral issues. Dr. Fischer’s philosophy regarding testing underscores the need to understand each individual child’s strengths and areas to improve. Consequently, Dr. Fischer works in tandem with parents and school systems to help ensure that children and adolescents receive appropriate programs to increase their success both at home and within the classroom. Dr. Fischer strives to understand patients within the context of their lives and to generate meaningful and individualized recommendations focused on optimizing their functioning and overall quality of life.

SHERYL PLEISS, PHD, LP
SHERYL PLEISS, PHD, LPClinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Dr. Pleiss provides individualized assessments and therapy for children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions that impact learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning.

Dr. Pleiss is a licensed clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with neurological, medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Dr. Pleiss completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College, where she studied neuroscience and chemistry. She obtained her Master’s of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Marquette University. Dr. Pleiss completed her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she trained in the Pediatric Neuropsychology and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics. Following internship she went on to specialize in pediatric neuropsychology during a two-year fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Pleiss has received specialty training in pediatric neuropsychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She provides individualized assessments and therapy for children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions that impact learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning including developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disability (LD), various medical conditions (e.g., genetic disorders, concussion/traumatic brain injury, cancer, perinatal complications), and social-emotional, mood, and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Pleiss has both the passion and expertise to help patients with complex developmental and neurological presentations meet their fullest emotional, social, and academic potentials. She strives to consider each child within the context of their personal history and social environment, and emphasizes the importance of empirically-supported methods in offering recommendations and providing interventions to her patients.

JANIS STADLER
JANIS STADLERClinic Manager
Janis provides administrative assistance, support, and office management to the providers at GLNC.

We are fortunate to have Janis Stadler serve as the Clinic Manager for Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center. Janis brings a wealth of clinic management experience to the team. Janis provides administrative assistance, support, and office management to the providers at GLNC. She strives to help make GLNC a good fit for you. Her goal is to help you feel comfortable and at ease when you come into GLNC, and takes pride in assisting families with the process.

FAQs

If you have any other questions please let us know, it is our goal to work with you across a spectrum to bring your family support.

Pediatric neuropsychology is a specialty concerned with learning and behavior in relation to a child’s brain. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are associated with the development of brain structures and systems.

Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development. Neuropsychology services at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center are available to individuals ages 1-18.

Neuropsychological evaluations assist in better understanding a child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. Gaining insight in these areas helps the child’s parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians provide treatments/ interventions that will meet the child’s unique needs. Neuropsychology services are recommended when a child has:

  1. Difficulty with: Learning, attention, behavior, socialization, and emotional control
  2. Disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain in some way
  3. A brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or prematurity

The neuropsychologist will speak to one or both parents as the child begins testing. Since consent or release of information forms may need to be signed, make sure that the person accompanying your child has the legal authority to do this. Step-parents or relatives who do not have legal custody or guardianship cannot give permission for testing or sign legal documents.

Depending on the age of the child and the reason for testing, most neuropsychological testing appointments last either the entire morning or entire afternoon. The neuropsychologist will be able to give you a rough estimate of time involved after discussing your child’s specific needs with you. Time actually taken will depend on your child’s rate of responding as well as your child’s need for breaks.

Most children think that visiting a doctor means they will get a shot. Let them know no shots are given in neuropsychology. Let them know why they are coming in for testing. You can describe it as a lot like school. They will be doing activities that involve listening, remembering, using their hands to construct things or draw pictures, solving puzzles, and possibly working on a computer. Tell them they will be given breaks to use the bathroom, and snacks you bring if they get hungry. Let your child know you will be waiting close by while they work along with the neuropsychologist.

Make An Appointment

If you are ready to make an appointment or have questions, please contact us today.

We are here to help. Call 952.595.5652