Distinguished Neuropsychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist Joins Helping Hands Staff as Consultant

NYU clinical professor to consult staff on neurocognitive evaluations for children

EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (Aug. 12, 2019) – Distinguished neuropsychologist and neuroscientist Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., is partnering with Helping Hands Children Services, a behavioral health clinic in East Northport, to expand the clinic’s service offerings. Goldberg, who is a Diplomate of American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology and clinical professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine, will be advising the staff of Helping Hands, which serves families in the Long Island and New York City area with applied behavior analysis (ABA), neuropsychology, behavioral consultations and other services.

In his new role, Goldberg will lead expert neuropsychologists to provide clients with individualized neurocognitive evaluations. Additionally, Dr. Goldberg and the team will recommend innovative cognitive programs and conduct clinical research, potentially leading to the expansion and improvement of treatment options available to clients.

“It’s important for people to be educated on the current, state-of-the-art advances in neuroscience, so they better understand the nature of the challenges they face with their children and also the nature of various diagnostic and treatment options that are available to them,” Goldberg said.

“The basis for which treatment stems from in the field of ABA is mainly assessments of skills and behaviors,” said Vanetta LaRosa, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Founder and Executive Director of Helping Hands.  “Current functioning for a client is measured and subsequent treatments are developed to attain improvements, but the underlying neurocognitive deficits remain largely unknown. By providing our clients with customized neurocognitive assessments, we will gain a deeper understanding of the foundation from which their skills and deficits arose. This information will surely aide in devising better treatment.”

Coming to Helping Hands, Goldberg brings more than 40 years of clinical experience and scientific accomplishments. He is an author of numerous research papers on functional cortical organization, hemispheric specialization, frontal lobe functions and dysfunction, memory and amnesias, traumatic brain injury, dementias, schizophrenia, executive deficit, Tourette syndrome, and ADHD. Goldberg’s books “The Executive Brain,” “The Wisdom Paradox,” “The New Executive Brain” and “Creativity” have been published in 21 languages, and his book “Executive Functions in Health and Disease” received a “highly commended book” designation from The British Medical Association.

About Helping Hands Children Services

Helping Hands Children Services specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For more than a decade, the company has successfully worked with thousands of children with autism and other developmental disabilities to make positive changes in their lives. The company currently serves more than 70 Long Island school districts and New York City regions with applied behavior analysis (ABA), neuropsychological evaluations, autism-related and behavioral consultations and trainings, special education consultations and trainings, and other related services. Helping Hands’ staff consists of full-time doctoral-level clinicians, board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs), licensed behavior analysts (LBAs) and other master’s-level providers. Together, they are skilled in administering a wide range of assessment tools using both neuropsychological and applied behavioral approaches. As a result, individualized therapeutic strategies are developed leading to better therapeutic outcomes. For more information, visit helpinghandschildren.com.