Dr. Lurie is skilled at assessing children from age three through young adults. These children struggle with a variety of challenges including learning difficulties, problems with attention, and more pervasive neurocognitive difficulties. At times there is a complicated medical history that accounts for these struggles, whereas in other cases the triggering condition is unknown. Children with genetic disorders, seizure disorders, autism, and head injuries benefit tremendously from Dr. Lurie’s assessments, as do children who have been exposed to harmful toxins or radiation. Many of Dr. Lurie’s patients struggle with psychological difficulties such as a mood disorder, anxiety, or problems with reality testing. These are frequently present in combination with neurocognitive issues.
When discussing the testing process with a child, Dr. Lurie describes herself as a detective whose job it is to understand how a child learns and where his or her strengths and weaknesses lie. In fact, Dr. Lurie particularly enjoys the process of differential diagnosis, which is teasing out the various factors that combine to create challenges for a child. The final feedback session and written report will clearly elucidate these factors and provide practical recommendations for intervention.