Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI - Naomi Alcaine, PhD
Naomi Alcaine, PhD is a fully licensed clinical psychologist located in Ann Arbor, MI who provides services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Alcaine provides the following services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Consultation to families and schools
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Psychotherapy is provided for individual adults as well as children/adolescents and their families. When working with adults in therapy, Dr. Alcaine adopts an eclectic approach that incorporates techniques to deal with current challenges as well as increase understanding of how problematic patterns have developed. With children and teenagers, she is a therapist who emphasizes work with families as well, out of her belief that children and teens can blossom best with the help of strong and loving families. Her clients, whether kids or adults, tend to find her approachable and down-to-earth. Common reasons that adults or children might come to therapy include reducing depression, coping with anxiety disorders such as panic, worry, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, improving relationships with others, coping with ADHD or ADD, or grief. Additionally, children may often see a therapist due to behavior problems such as defiance or argumentativeness with parents and/or teachers.

Neuropsychological testing is a specialized evaluation to determine if an individual has a learning disability, attention disorder, or other subtle cognitive issue that may impact personal behavior and well-being or academic performance. Through testing, Dr. Alcaine can provide a thorough profile of cognitive strengths and difficulties, as well as recommendations about how to best help.  Dr. Alcaine also specializes in determining whether academic difficulties are related to cognitive versus emotional difficulties, or some combination of the two.

What are questions that can be answered by testing? 
  • Do I or does my child have a learning disability, such as a reading, math, or writing disability?
  • Do I or does my child have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
  • Do I or my child have Asperger Disorder or another autistic spectrum disorder?
  • Is there evidence for a Nonverbal Learning Disability?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • Are there any problems with memory or language?
  • Are emotional or personality factors influencing adjustment in school or at home?
  • What are my or my child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
  • Might I or my child be eligible for accommodations in school?
  • What type of school placement would be most useful for my child?
  • What strategies can I use to help myself or my child succeed?   

What is assessed?
A typical evaluation may assess:
  • Intelligence
  • Academic achievement
  • Memory and learning
  • Language
  • Attention and executive functioning
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Motor coordination
  • Emotional and social functioning

How will the testing help?
Dr. Alcaine's test report and verbal feedback will:
  • Provide a description of your or your child’s areas of strength and difficulty.
  • Explain why you or your child are having academic or personal difficulties.
  • Provide a plan for what you can do to help yourself or your child both academically and behaviorally.
  • Make recommendations for educational accommodations when needed.
  • Most importantly, if a learning problem is found, neuropsychological testing can help determine the underlying cognitive weaknesses that give rise to that problem. For example, rather than just finding out that there is a reading disability, neuropsychological testing can help to determine whether the reading problem is due to difficulty in processing the sounds of words versus visually processing the letters. This will help to determine the most appropriate way to remediate or accommodate the problem.
  • Dr. Alcaine can provide referrals to community providers when needed, including learning specialists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, so that you can access whatever help you may need.

Can testing help college students and adults?
Yes. College students with learning difficulties can benefit from accommodations such as extended testing time or access to notes; colleges require testing to document eligibility. Testing can help adults to determine treatment and learning strategies to help themselves succeed at work and home.

Will Dr. Alcaine talk to my child’s school?
Only with your permission. It is very helpful, however, to be able to speak to school staff to gather information about your child’s behavior in school. Sometimes observing your child at school can also be a helpful part of determining the nature of the problem. If you wish, Dr. Alcaine can have a meeting with you and school staff together to explain the results and how to help your child succeed. 

What should I bring?
  • Copies of previous evaluations.
  • Grade reports since kindergarten.
  • Any current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
  • Information about early development and medical history.
  • Sensory aides such as glasses.
  • Take usual medications unless otherwise directed.
  • Make sure you or your child has a good night’s sleep before coming.

What should I tell my child about the testing?
Your explanation should relate to a problem that your child knows about, such as “trouble with math,” “problems following directions,” or “feeling worried.” Let them know that you’re trying to figure out how to help make things better. Young children should be reassured that Dr. Alcaine will not give any shots. Often kids find the testing interesting due to the game-like format.  

Consultation to families and schools
Dr. Alcaine provides consultation to families and schools, both within the context of  recently completed neuropsychological evaluations, as well as in the course of therapy. A child is best helped when all the adults in his or her life can be on the same page with each other. Dr. Alcaine can help with explaining test results, or with putting ideas for intervention into practice at home and school.

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