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:
- Consultation to families and schools
scroll down for descriptions.)
Psychotherapy is provided for individual adults 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
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?
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?
there evidence for a Nonverbal Learning Disability?
- Is my
- Are there any problems with memory or language?
emotional or personality factors influencing adjustment in school or at
- What are my or my child’s cognitive strengths and
- Might I or my child be eligible for accommodations
- What type of school placement would be most useful
for my child?
- What strategies can I use to help myself or my
What is assessed?
typical evaluation may assess:
- Memory and learning
and executive functioning
- Visual-spatial skills
- 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.
why you or your child are having academic or personal difficulties.
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
- 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?
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
- Grade reports since kindergarten.
current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
about early development and medical history.
- Sensory aides
such as glasses.
- Take usual medications unless otherwise
- Make sure you or your child has a good night’s
sleep before coming.
should I tell my child about the testing?
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
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