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    ADHD Testing for Adults & Children

    “It’s impossible to focus on anything!”

    Are you having trouble concentrating?

    Are you having difficulty focusing on tasks?

    Do you often lose your train of thought when talking?

    Do you become easily distracted?

    Do you have difficulty with multiple-step activities or making decisions?

    Are you often misplacing objects such as your keys, phone, or wallet?

    If so, you might be struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder, is typically diagnosed in children, however, it can also be diagnosed in adults. If you or your child are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, ADHD may be the reason.

    Adults with ADHD may:

    • Have difficulty with focus and concentrating
    • Easily lose their train of thought when speaking or completing tasks
    • Have difficulty paying attention for long periods of time
    • Becomes easily distracted or confused
    • May walk into a room and forget what you walked in there for
    • May forget where you left your keys
    •  May make careless mistakes
    •  Failure to following through on instructions or projects
    • Lack of attention to details
    • Mind seems elsewhere
    • Difficulty organizing tasks and activities in work or school
    • Talk excessively
    • Always seem to be “on the go”
    • Difficulty participating in leisurely activities
    • Fidgety or restless

    Children with ADHD have similar symptoms, but they also may exhibit the following:

    • Hyperactivity
    • Impulsivity
    • Restlessness
    • Inability to sit still
    • Talk excessively
    • Appear not to be listening when spoken to
    • Act without thinking
    • Interrupt often or say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
    • Have a quick temper or “short fuse”

    A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION is typically completed to evaluate for ADHD and provide treatment recommendations, as well as recommendations for home, work, and school.

    How can a neuropsychological evaluation help me or my child?

    A neuropsychological evaluation will identify whether you or your child have ADHD. Our neuropsychologists provide evidence-based assessment, drawing upon the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychological theories, and educational research to create an effect and individually tailored treatment plan. Their mission is to capitalize on personal strengths and empower each individual with the knowledge and tools needed to live a fulfilling and successful life.

    A neuropsychological evaluation will assess your overall functioning including behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and intellectual functioning. The neuropsychologist will assess areas such as attention, processing speed, planning, organization, working memory, problem solving, language, visuospatial/nonverbal skills, fine motor skills, learning, and memory. You will then be provided with useful recommendations and tools to help succeed in the future.

    What can I expect during a neuropsychological evaluation process?

    The first step is reaching out to our office to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. These evaluations will provide you with the answers you are looking for, for you or your child. Our neuropsychological evaluations for ADHD typically last 3-4 hours. You will then schedule a follow up appointment in order to receive your results. Your testing appointment and follow up are included in your co-pay. During the follow up session, you or your child will be provided with helpful recommendations and tools. We aim to provide you with comprehensive assessments that will identify strengths and weaknesses, diagnose ADHD, and give recommendations for providers for medication, tools to utilize at home and work, and accommodation recommendations in school under 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    For children who need testing, what is the difference between a neuropsychological evaluation and a school evaluation?

    School evaluations and pediatric neuropsychological evaluations sometimes offer the same tests. However, school evaluations primarily focus on a deficit in a certain academic skill. A full neuropsychological evaluation will focus on why the child is having difficulties in school or at home. They are able to identify skill performance in learning, processing speed, language, organizing, planning, memory, attention, and problem solving, as well assess psychological factors that may interfere with focus and concentrations such as symptoms related to low self-confidence, test-anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticalness.

    Are neuropsychological evaluations covered?

    Neuropsychological evaluations are usually covered by insurance. However, coverage may be subject to deductible and coinsurance percentage. If you do not know what your deductible and coinsurance amounts are, we will check your insurance benefits and inform you of your out-of-pocket cost prior to your scheduled appointment.

    Do I need a referral?

    Nope! No referrals necessary. If you feel the above symptoms describe you, someone you know, or your child please reach out to our office today to book an evaluation!

    If you do have a referral from a PCP or specialist provider, please bring it to your appointment so we are able to share the results of our evaluation with your provider.

    Please contact us for any additional questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Dr. Shivani Saible, PH.D., ABPP - Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Dr. Shivani Saible is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with the American Academy of Professional Psychology.  She has worked with varying adult populations in both hospital and outpatient settings providing neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. She obtained her Clinical Psychology doctorate from Saint John’s University in New York in 2012. She completed her graduate training in neuropsychology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and NYU Medical Center, her neuropsychology internship at Dartmouth Medical Center, and her neuropsychology fellowship at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Saible has been working in private practice for the last 10 years.

    Dr. Saible works with adults who have neurological, medical, or neurodevelopmental disorders by helping to identify their limitations and providing recommendations for interventions that will improve and maintain a healthy quality of life. She often works with older adults who are concerned about a possible decline in functioning by determining if the person is showing a cognitive and emotional profile that is consistent with a dementia process or if there is some other causal factor (e.g., depression) that can mimic the signs of dementia.

    Dr. Saible also performs CMEs and IMEs in personal injury lawsuits. She has given expert testimony related these cases.

    Dr. Scott Porter, PH.D. ABPP - Expert Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Dr. Scott S. Porter, a distinguished clinical neuropsychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, brings a wealth of expertise to Saible Neuro. Licensed in both Florida and Hawaii, Dr. Porter’s journey includes pivotal roles as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist in Hawaii, Clinical Director at The Concussion Center of Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic, and a forensic expert and FAA evaluator. With a remarkable 14-year tenure at the Sanford Healthcare Neuroscience Center in the Midwest, he significantly influenced departments like the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Neurorehabilitation Service.

    Dr. Porter is renowned for assessing various neuropsychological conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, pediatric cancer, genetic disorders, and ADHD. His specialized focus extends to evaluating prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal brain injuries alongside the impact of teratogen and toxic exposure. A proud advocate for tailored recommendations in education, behavior, and neurocognitive development, Dr. Porter’s extensive academic background spans Brigham Young University, the Neurodevelopment Center in Salt Lake City, and roles at esteemed institutions like the University of California Davis and the MIND Institute. Beyond his professional achievements, he enriches academia and culture as both a science newspaper author for children and a versatile musician.

    Dr. Sara Macone, PSY.D. - Expert Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Dr. Sara Macone is a lifespan Clinical Neuropsychologist and Therapist. She has over 15 years of experience working with patients of all stages of life in both Italy and the United States. Dr. Macone offers neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for adults and geriatric patients. She has worked in psychiatric and medical units of hospitals and in private practices throughout her career.

    Dr. Macone has extensive experience in evaluating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental, neurological, medical, and psychiatric disorders. She utilizes an evidence based approach to testing. She strives to help her patients have a better understanding of their cognitive functioning as it’s related to their medical history and daily life and to provide appropriate treatment recommendations.

    Dr. Macone just moved from Hawaii to Florida with her husband, their little girl and two cats. The beach is her happy place and she is thrilled to be in Saint Petersburg!

    Dr. Kenny Borgas, PH.D. - Bilingual and Licensed School Psychologist

    Dr. Kenny Borgas, a seasoned and bilingual School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience, specializes in psychoeducational and behavioral assessments for children and adolescents. Proficient in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Social-Skills Training, and more, he addresses a wide array of challenges, including Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Self-Esteem, and Behavioral Issues. Dr. Borgas excels in identifying learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, and giftedness, offering expertise in language proficiency and bilingual assessments. A crucial contributor to multidisciplinary teams, he crafts interventions through 504 plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to support diverse needs. Holding a Doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and advanced training in School Psychology, Dr. Borgas is a valuable asset, providing holistic support and enhancing the well-being of the children and families he serves.

    Dr. Renee Dematteis, PSY.D. - Expert Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Dr. Renee DeMatteis is a clinical neuropsychologist,  who is experienced in the neuropsychological assessment of various conditions, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disorder and other neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autism, and psychological disorders such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and personality disorders.

    She aims to help individuals better understand their strengths and weaknesses and provide personalized recommendations to assist them in having the best quality of life possible.

    To learn more about Dr. Dematteis training and experience please visit here.

    Dr. Samantha Spagna, PSY.D. - Expert Clinical Neuropsychologist

    Dr. Samantha Spagna joined Saible Neuropsychology as a post-doctoral fellow in July 2023. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, with an emphasis on clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Spagna completed an APA-accredited internship at Centerstone Behavioral Hospital in 2023. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Kansas in 2018. Dr. Spagna evaluates patients who have suspected or documented primary degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and anoxic brain injuries. Dr. Spagna also conducts neuropsychological assessments with late adolescents and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, and psychiatric referrals including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and polysubstance use.

    When Dr. Spagna is not working, she enjoys running, traveling, and cooking.

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