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    At Saible Neuropsychology, we understand the unique challenges that children and adolescents may face when it comes to neurological and behavioral health.

    Our providers specialize in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation and provide evidence-based assessments. Drawing upon the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychological theories, and educational research to create an effective and individually tailored treatment plan.

    We aim to provide diagnostic clarification and recommendations for school, for parents to employ at home every day, and for other professional or medical services as needed.

    Neuropsychological Evaluations for Children and Adolescents

    Neuropsychological evaluations are crucial tools. To understand the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of children and adolescents. These assessments go beyond traditional psychological evaluations. To provide an in-depth analysis of how a young person’s brain is functioning. Our team of clinical and board certified neuropsychologists utilizes a range of standardized tests, clinical interviews, and behavioral observations to gain insights into various areas, including:

    • Cognitive abilities (such as memory,  attention, and problem-solving)
    • Emotional functioning and regulation
    • Academic skills and learning disabilities
    • Social skills and interactions
    • Executive functions (planning, organization, impulse control, etc.)

    By conducting thorough neuropsychological evaluations, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of each individual’s strengths and challenges. This information serves as a foundation for creating personalized intervention plans and recommendations.

    Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologists

    Our psychology practice in Saint Petersburg, FL has board-certified clinical neuropsychologists. It is a distinctive feature of our practice to offer the expertise of board clinical neuropsychologists since there are not many board certified neuropsychologists in private practice, but primarily in academic medical centers and hospitals. While board certification is not required to practice neuropsychology, Saible Neuropsychology prioritizes the highest standards of care and professionalism to ensure you or your loved one’s overall wellbeing. Within our practice, Dr. Shivani Saible and Dr. Scott Porter are both board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

    What Does Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology mean?

    Board certification in clinical neuropsychology signifies the highest level of professional achievement and expertise within the field. Clinical neuropsychologists who attain this distinction have undergone rigorous training, education, and evaluation to meet the stringent standards set by professional boards. This certification is a testament to their advanced knowledge, skills, and ethical practices in the assessment and treatment of neurological and psychological conditions. It ensures that the clinician has demonstrated mastery in areas such as cognitive and emotional functioning, brain-behavior relationships, and the application of neuropsychological principles to diverse clinical populations. Choosing a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist ensures that you are receiving care from a practitioner with the highest level of competence and commitment to excellence in neuropsychological practice.

    Dr. Scott S. Porter, PH.D. ABPP - Expert Clinical Neuropsychologist
    Photo of Dr. Scott Porter. With child neuropsych testing in Saint Petersburg, FL your child can get the support they need when it comes to their studies.

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

    Photo of Dr. Kenny Borgas. Find support when it comes to your child's learning or behavioral skills with the help of child neuropsych testing in Saint Petersburg, FL.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.

    Meet Our Expert Neuropsychologists

    Our team of pediatric neuropsychologists and school psychologists is united by a common goal: to empower children and adolescents to overcome challenges and thrive. With a deep commitment to evidence-based practice and a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, our experts provide holistic and personalized support that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.

    What disorders do we provide evaluations for?

    Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

    Autism Spectrum Disorders 

    Behavioral Disorders (Oppositional Defiant, Conduct)

    Brain Tumors & Cancer

    Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders

    Intellectual Disability

    In-Utero Exposure

    Learning Disorders: Reading (dyslexia), Math & Writing

    Memory Disorders

    Mild Cognitive Impairment

    Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD)

    Psychiatric Disorders

    Post-Concussion Syndrome

    Rare Genetic and Metabolic Conditions


    Traumatic Brain Injury

    Types of Evaluations

    Neuropsychological Evaluations

    Psychological Evaluations

    Behavioral Evaluations

    Psychoeducational Evaluation

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation

    ADHD Evaluations

    Gifted Testing

    Domains Assessed With Neurological Evaluations

    Academic Achievement

    Adaptive Functioning



    Executive Functioning

    Intellectual Functioning


    Mood / Emotions

    Fine Motor Speed & Coordination

    Processing Speed

    Speech & Language

    Visuoconstruction Abilities

    Dyslexia- Reading Learning Disorder

    Dyslexia is also known as reading disorder. It is one of the most common learning disorders. Dyslexia symptoms present as difficulty with different language skills, primarily reading but also spelling, writing, and pronunciation.

    According to the International Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia affects approximately 15-20% of the entire population. Dyslexia is also an inherited disorder, so if dyslexia or reading disorder is common in your family and you notice the following symptoms in your child, they may benefit from an evaluation.

    Dyslexia or Reading Disorder Symptoms & Warning Signs:

    • Difficulty with spoken language
    • Delayed speech -Difficulty with word recognition
    • Difficulty with reading fluency, spelling, and writing
    • Difficulty expressing themselves clearly
    • Mixing sounds and syllables in long words
    • Difficulty sounding out words
    • Mixing up “b” and “d”
    • Difficulty remembering repetition
    • Confusing right or left
    Dyscalculia- Mathematics Learning Disorder

    Dyscalculia—also known as mathematics disorder—is defined as a difficulty to comprehend mathematics when acknowledging chronological age, intelligence, and adequate instruction.

    Dyscalculia or Math Disability Symptoms & Warning Signs:

    • Mixing random numbers and symptoms when reading
    • Difficulty remembering numbers, math rules and procedures.
    • Difficulty with mental figuring
    • Using fingers or marks to calculate
    • Difficulty telling time, managing time, and punctuality
    • Directional confusion during math tasks, with direction, and completing physical sequences like dancing, sports, playing music, etc.
    • Able to follow patterns and finish mask task, but quickly forgets
    • Difficulty recognizing or imagining abstractions, quantities, layouts, clocks, numbers, figures.
    • Difficulty with working memory and retention.
    Dysgraphia- Written Expression Learning Disorder

    Dysgraphia—also known as Writing Disorder or Disorder of Written Expression—is defined as impaired handwriting, impaired spelling, or both. Children with dysgraphia may have impaired handwriting, however they appear to have no difficulty with reading. Dysgraphia can present alone, with Dyslexia, or with oral and written language learning disorder (which is also known as Selective Language Impairment).

    Dysgraphia or Writing Disability Symptoms & Warning Signs:

    • Difficulty with storing written words
    • Difficulty with creating permanent memory of written words, like pronunciation or spelling.
    • Impaired handwriting
    • Impaired spelling (without reading problems)

    Understanding Learning Disorders

    Is your child having trouble with reading, expressing thoughts on paper, or understanding basic math concepts?

    Your child may benefit from a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation to assess for Reading Disorder (dyslexia), Disorder of Written Expression (Dysgraphia), or Mathematics Disorder (Dyscalculia).

    How Are Learning Disorders Diagnosed?

    Learning disabilities are diagnosed through psychoeducational evaluations which include a thorough clinical interview discussing your child’s early school performance, analyzing and understanding current challenges, and administering appropriate cognitive, intelligence, and academic tests to assess these noted areas of difficulty. Psychoeducational evaluations help to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in different educational areas and understand why your child is struggling. These evaluations assist in identifying academic success and weaknesses in school by evaluating specific areas of learning such as reading, writing, or math.

    How Are Learning Disorders Treated?

    Dyslexia can be an inherited disorder and is a lifelong condition. As with many disorders, the earlier the better for identifying learning disorders in order to achieve the utmost success. Once diagnosed with dyslexia, or reading disorder, your child will require help and assistance from tutors, teachers, and therapists who have obtained proper education and training in learning disabilities. Many children with dyslexia require one-on-one assistance in order to move at their own pace. Additionally, as a parent, you can assist your child through various at-home techniques which our neuropsychologist will provide you with at your feedback appointment.

    Dyscalculia and dysgraphia can be improved through assistance from tutors, teachers, and therapists who have also obtained proper training and education in learning disabilities. Like dyslexia, if your child is diagnosed with a math or writing disability, they may require school accommodations and modifications. Your child’s neuropsychologist will provide you will additional techniques you can work on with your child in their everyday life.

    Some schools offer academic accommodations to help students with learning disabilities through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is important for you to discuss this information with your child’s school or teacher in order to understand your school’s process for obtaining accommodations and modifications under an IEP.

    Understanding ADHD in Children

    While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class, or act without thinking; inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children and adolescents. It is characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can impact academic performance, social interactions, and overall quality of life. At Saible Neuro, we specialize in assessing and supporting children with ADHD.

    Children With ADHD May:

    • Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
    • Appear not to be listening when spoken to
    • Constantly fidgeting and squirming
    • Talk excessively
    • Act without thinking
    • Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
    • Have a quick temper or “short fuse”

    Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.

    Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.

    Ready For Your Child to Receive Neuropsychological Testing in Saint Petersburg, FL?

    Discover the answers your child needs with neuropsychological testing. Our expert team of neuropsychologists at Saible Neuropsychology specializes in uncovering the unique challenges children and adolescents may face in neurological and behavioral health. Take the first step towards a brighter future for your child by following these three simple steps:

    1. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your child
    2. Begin working with a skilled neuropsychologist
    3. Help your child overcome their emotional and behavioral challenges!

    Other Services Offered at Saible Neuropsychology

    At Saible Neuropsychology, our team wants to help you or a member of your family with whatever struggle you may be facing. So in addition to Child and Adolescent Neuropsychological Evaluations, our team offers Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations, Memory and Dementia Evaluations, Gifted Evaluations, and ADHD Evaluations. We also provide individual therapy services for children, teens, and adults. Be sure to check out our FAQs and Blog to learn more about us and our services!