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Dirksen Center for Neurobehavioral Health

A group of Neuropsychologists and Psychotherapists helping children, adolescents, and young adults thrive.
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Helping Our Patients Thrive

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. In some cases a child, adolescent, or young adult might struggle in a particular area, making school, family life, or relationships more difficult. In other cases, a medical condition or its treatment affects one or all of these things. We are here to help our patients and families better understand all of these things and find better ways to capitalize on strengths.

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Assessment

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a person’s cognitive abilities, or how well a person’s brain is processing different types of information. 

Therapy

Mental health is critically important to a person’s success in all aspects of life and to their overall sense of contentment and satisfaction with the lives they lead as children, adolescents, and adults.  

Academic Support

Providing support with difficult subjects, reading intervention, support with organization, supporting homework understanding and completion, and preparation for classwork and tests.

Dirksen Center Team

Dr. Dirksen

Dr. Dirksen

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Murphy

Dr. Murphy

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laake

Dr. Laake

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Klostermann

Dr. Klostermann

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sorensen

Dr. Sorensen

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Burcham

Dr. Burcham

Neuropsychology Fellow

Mr. Rosenbaum

Mr. Rosenbaum

Academic Support

Ms. Rabiak

Ms. Rabiak

Office Manager

Ms. Layhadi

Ms. Layhadi

Neuropsychology Testing Technician

FUN FACTS:

The brain weighs just 3 pounds and is wrinkly and squishy.

What Should I Tell My Child Before the Visit?

Most children are just relieved to know that there won’t be any shots! Many parents like to tell their child a little about what they’ll be doing. Explain to them that they’ll be working with someone one-on-one and will be doing a lot of different things like answering questions, drawing, putting together puzzles, listening, playing games, and talking about the things they like and don’t like.

What Will the Neuro-psychological Report Tell Me?

You will review the results of the assessment at your feedback appointment, and a full report will follow.

The neuropsychological report will summarize your child’s history, the reason for the assessment, the results of the assessment, your child’s strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for home, school and other care providers.

What Happens in Therapy?

Parents and children work with their psychologist to find better ways of doing things, build skills, and solve problems you might be experiencing in everyday life. The  amount of parent involvement depends on the age of the child and reason for therapy.

FUN FACTS:

When you need to move quickly, your motor neurons can send information to and from your brain at more than 200 miles per hour!

The Right Choice

The Dirksen Center for Neurobehavioral Health is a group of professionals experienced in working with children, adolescents, parents, and young adults to help your child and your family thrive.

FUN FACTS:

Did you know that your brain actually produces enough electricity to power a light bulb?

Insurance

The Dirksen Center for Neurobehavioral Health is in network with a range of insurance plans. Please call our offices to determine if your provider is in network, as provider participation varies. As a courtesy, we also help families access their out of network benefits by filing necessary billing paperwork on their behalf. Provider participation varies but includes many plans under the BCBS, United Health Care, Aetna, Magellan, and Cigna umbrellas.

FUN FACTS:

There are about 100 billion cells in our brains called neurons. There are so many that it would take you over 3,000 years to count them all.