Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in the Learning and Development Center and for the School and Community Programs team at the Child Mind Institute. She specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents and young adults with a wide range of conditions that impact learning, behavior and social-emotional functioning, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders and social cognitive weaknesses. Also trained in the treatment of children with anxiety and mood disorders, Dr. Phillips conducts in-depth psychological assessments and thoughtfully considers the complex interaction between a child’s learning, emotions and school placement.
Through her training and work experiences, Dr. Phillips has worked closely with schools and specialists in the New York City metropolitan area, and consults with families about how to best meet the needs of their children. In addition to evaluations, her work with children, families and schools has included classroom observations to inform behavioral programs, teacher consultation, social skills curriculum development and remedial academic support.
Having trained and worked in a variety of settings, including public and private hospitals, a specialized school for children with language-based learning disabilities and a group practice, Dr. Phillips has both the passion and the expertise to help children and adolescents with complex developmental and neurological presentations meet their social, emotional and academic potential.
Interviewed by our Different & Able President and Founder, Alexandra Nicklas, Dr. Phillips discusses her passion for working with children, how she evaluates children, adolescents and young adults with a wide range of conditions that impact learning, behavior and social-emotional functioning, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders and social cognitive weaknesses. She talks a bit about how children need to develop the social use of language and that one should acknowledge how children are under the pandemic toll, specifically on those who have not been to school in-person. She states that it is important for parents to make sure their kids have a daily routine and follow a healthy guideline for best practices in-and-out of the structural learning environment. Dr. Phillips says, “We know that kids learn best when they feel safe and secure; when they feel anxious and aroused and uncomfortable, learning stops.”
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