Evaluations, Programs, Clinics, and Therapy

Pediatric Neuropsychology Evaluations, and Counseling

Amen Clinics
Provides education, neuroimaging (SPECT scans) and individualized treatment plans. Uses a variety of interventions including: natural supplements, medications, dietary interventions & targeted forms of psychotherapy. Site offers instant online screenings (small fee) for AD/HD and brain system function and a free memory screening, as well as information and resources concerning the brain.

Bay Area Children’s Association, Dr. Tarshis, Psychiatrist
10430 S. De Anza Blvd., Suite 150, Cupertino, CA
Provides child, adolescent and adult psychiatry; some scholarships available for those in need.

Cheryl Bowers, Clinical Psychologist
740 Front Street, Suite 345B, Santa Cruz, CA
Pediatric Neuropsychology and Evaluations

Virdette L. Brumm, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
787 Munras Avenue, Suite 101 Monterey 93940

California Dept of Education Diagnostic Centers
Provides technical assistance and consultation in program and instructional design and delivery.
Referrals for assessment services must be made by the student’s school district, county office of education, or SELPA. Parent referrals are not accepted. Eligible students are those students who: are enrolled in special education, are not progressing despite LEA efforts, present a complex learning or behavioral profile, and for whom the LEA requires additional diagnostic information to assist in defining appropriate educational goals and teaching strategies. Provides Comprehensive, state-of-the-art assessment and educational planning services to assist local school districts (LEAs) in addressing the needs of their most complex special education students.

California Department of Health Care Services – Child Health and Disability Prevention
Offers periodic health assessments and services to low income children and youth in California and assists families with medical appointment scheduling, transportation, and access to diagnostic and treatment services.

Childrens’ Clinic, UCSF Medical Center
(See clinics below)

Autism/PDD Evaluation Clinic
401 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143-0984
(Evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorders)

Langley Porter, UCSF Intake and Referral:
401 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94143
(Mental and Behavioral Health evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment)

Children’s Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304
CHC provides assessment and treatment services in the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, neuropsychology, education, behavior management, family therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and art therapy, and focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorders; preschool, school-aged and adolescent group therapy; children with complex medical problems; and developmental and behavioral assessment of infants through school-aged children

Educational Services

Educational Specialists

Sheila Coonerty, PhD (Psychologist)
313 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4302
Private Practice and Santa Cruz City Schools, educational evaluations and child therapy

Lisa C. deFaria, L.C.S.W. Clinical Social Worker
Family Center for Developmental Disabilities
1900 Garden Road, Suite 130, Monterey CA
ADD, ADHD; Autisms, Developmental Disorders; Family Therapy; Learning Disabilities; Life Transitions; Parenting; Play Therapy, DIR and Floortime

Jennifer J. Davis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry
2425 Porter Street, Soquel, CA, 95073

Eide Neurolearning Center
Evaluations and therapy for children with learning variations, especially for “dyslexic children who are twice-exceptional – or gifted.” Seattle area clinic is dedicated to promoting the talents and strengths of all children through understanding of brain-based differences and the child’s native strengths and challenges.

Dr. Ted Gaurino (pediatric neurologist)
14901 National Ave., Suite 201 Los Gatos 95032
(Treats Tourette Syndrome and other neurological disorders)

Joseph R, Giallo, Clinical Psychologist
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 208, Capitola, CA
Specializes (for adults only) in College Students, Employment Issues, Learning Disabilities, Neuropsychological Assessment, Persons with Disabilities, Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Learning Disability, and AD/HD.

Dr. Richard Gilbert, Psychiatrist
9051 Soquel Dr., Aptos, Ca. 95003

Jon Girvetz, Ph.D.
550 Water Street, Suite F-3, Santa Cruz, CA
Works with Children to Adults with: ADD, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, Depression, Families in Crisis, Parenting, Play Therapy, School Issues, Step & Blended Families.

Vivian Gratton, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist
104 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA
Parenting the Unique Child group; therapeutic support for youth who have Sensory Processing Disorder, learning disorders and other challenges, and for their parents and caregivers.

William B. “Brad” Heil, Clinical Psychologist
313-A Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA
ADD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, College Students, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Family Therapy, Obsessions, Compulsions, Parenting;,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, School Issues.

Louise O. Kindell, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist
820 Bay Avenue, Suite 204E, Capitola, CA
Works with Children to Adults with: Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, Developmental Disorders, Psychological Assessment, Autism.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Comprehensive medical and developmental clinics for assessment and treatment of children and adolescents

Don Mordasini, M.A.,MFT Psychotherapist
ADHD is a Gift – You are Special!
Don Mordasini, an ADD’er himself, specializes in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, child anxiety, Bipolar disorder, depression, and behavior disorders in children, adolescents and adults.  ADHD website also offers link to his book and articles.

EvoLibri – Neurodiversity Counseling
Offers individual and parent/child counseling, newsletter, online discussion, info links, and other resources, as well as teen and young adult social groups and support groups. Working with professionals, they can create a customized holistic life strategy plan that serves vocational, educational, psychological, social/emotional, and transition to independence.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services - Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
(800) 952-2335 24 hours a day.
Urgent care can also be requested 24 hours per day by calling the same number.
The Access Team evaluates all requests for non-emergency services for anyone not currently receiving services from County Mental Health or community providers who are part of the mental health system. This team is comprised of bilingual senior mental health clinicians and psychiatrists who provide assessments and referrals to mental health services and who are trained to answer your questions. They will help you determine if you are eligible for our services.

Mind Institute at UC Davis
916-703-0280 or for new referrals, contact 916-703-0308
Multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and diagnosis of autism, fragile X and other neuro-developmental disorders, with treatment plan recommendations.

National Association for Child Development
Provides Neurodevelopmental evaluations and individualized programs for children and adults with developmental delays, autism, AD/HD, brain injury, cerbral palsy, dyslexia, learning differences, Down Syndrome and typical children.

NEAT (Neuropsychology Education Assessment Treatment)
Group of four Bay Area Clinicians who assess, diagnose and treat children and adults with learning, developmental and neuropsychological disabilities, including challenges of executive dysfunction, speech and language,  LD, brain injury, and neurological medical disorders.  Click here for their contact information.

(PEAKS) Psycho Educational Assessment of Kids
(Division of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast)
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Provides lower cost psycho educational testing for learning disabilities, ADD and psychological disorders for children and teens.

Psychological Evaluations – List of Psycho-educational Evaluation Instruments

Donald T. Saposnek, Clinical Psychologist
6233 Soquel Drive, Suite E, Aptos, CA
Speicalizes in Developmental Disorders, Mediation, Family Therapy, Parenting, Step & Blended Families.

Dr. Harry Verby, M.D.
“Diagnoses and treats a wide spectrum of behavioral medical problems, including but not limited to Attention Deficit Disorder and its associated medical conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.”  Treats ADHD and co-existing disorders (Anxieties and phobias, ODD, Conduct Disorder, Depression, LD, OCD, Bi-polar disorder, TS, eating disorders, AS, and auditory processing disorder.)

Other Therapies: Speech, Occupational Therapy, Vision, Sensory Integration, Educational, Social Skills

The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run?
A workbook program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to increase awareness of, and change or maintain states of, alertness in children with challenges or issues related to sensory processing or sensory integration. Can be implemented by an O.T. or parent, with the low-cost books. Separate programs for children and for teens/adults.

Auditory Integration Training with the Berard Method
Offers short term intensive treatment for auditory processing and auditory sensitivity which may play a part in dyslexia, speech and language challenges, autism, and sensory processing disorders.  Check the locations link to see if they  have a treatment center in your area.  They currently have centers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Northern and Southern CA, as well as most states and many countries.

Berkeley School of Optometry’s Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center, University of California at Berkeley
2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
510-643-2020 (appointment line)
510-642-0992 (24 hour emergency line)
Offers comprehensive screenings with Biomicroscopy, Dilated fundus exam and tonometry, Automated Perimetry, Binocular Vision Tests, as well as Clinical Visual Electrophysiology, special assessments and treatments for infants and toddlers. Low cost extensive evaluation – also accepts most insurance, including Medi-care and MediCal.

Brain Gym
Special movement program designed to enhance experience and ability in: concentration & focus, memory, academic subjects and test taking, physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills, and attitude.

Judy Brenis, ADHD and Life Coach
Offers coaching to children, teens, and adults with ADHD, with the goal of helping them: learn new skills for coping, explore life options, discover their special talents, and to become more independent.  She also recently started a local support group as a chapter of CHADD.

Kaya Brown, MS, OT
FELDENKRAIS and Occupational Therapy
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Therapy for Infants, children, adults /Sensory Integration, NDT, Oral Motor, Sensitive Splinting /Anat Baniel Method for Children (SM).

Ruth Campbell, Irlen Method Scotopia Screener
831- 475-8521
Screener for scotopia, a light sensitivity and perceptual disorder that can affect the ability to read print, and for which colored overlays or special lenses are prescribed to help with the reading disability.

Center for Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner, Speech Pathologist
Now affiliated with “Teach Social”
3550 Stevens Creek Blvd. Suite 200 San Jose 95117
Workshops, social groups, and support for children and adults with social thinking challenges, such as Asperger’s, Autism, NVLD, TS, ODD, ADHD, and OCD

Coryell Autism Center
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Provides specially-designed educational services to people with autism between the ages of 14 and 22.
Offers school with transitional curriculum to help young people with autism to participate in their homes, in the community, and in mainstream life to the fullest extent possible. Collaborates with educational organizations, state programs and post-education service providers. Online resource directory.

Davis Dyslexia Association International
1601 Bayshore Highway, Suite 260, Burlingame, CA 94010
To Order Books & Materials: 1-888-999-3324
Davis Method Intensive Dyslexia Therapy Program and the book ‘The Gift of Dyslexia’

Developmental Learning Solutions Educational Therapy
700 Frederick St suite #104, Santa Cruz 95062
Evaluations, therapy and advocacy for all learning disabilities provided by Speech Therapists, Educational Therapists, Psychologists and others.

Shelley Haven, ATP – RET: Assistive Technology Consultant
Consultant who matches individuals who have LD with the tools and strategies which can improve their academic performance, increase independence, and instill self-confidence, as well as trains them and their providers on operational and integration strategies.

Headline Vision Therapy
2625 Timberlake Ct., San Jose, CA
Offers pediatric vision evaluations, therapy, and vision therapy products for sale.

Heart Math
Program for de-stressing and re-directing focus, using technology-based techniques similar to biofeedback.

Cammie Hunt
7965 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Optometric evaluations, evaluations for learning related vision problems, and vision therapy

Integrated SoundWorks – Ariana Lise Newcomer
Offers the Listening Program®, Learning Ears®, Integrated Listening Systems, or iMozart!  to help children and adults with learning difficulties, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing problems, and other challenges. Located in Santa Cruz, CA.

Interactive Metronome
Uses technology to improve focus, self-control, speech/language, reading, coordination, or gait/balance skills in order to  address the core deficit in timing while customizing exercises for young children to geriatric patients.

Providers List: www.interactivemetronome.com/index.php/find-a-provider.html
Find a providers in the Greater Bay Area, California, and all states.

Interactive Metronome by Kathleen Pollard
Based in San Jose, this program offers “brain-based assessment and training program developed to improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning and sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor functions and cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing and language.”

Joan Lerner, O.T.R./L.
Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist; Advanced Practice: Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation and Intervention; Neuro-Developmental Treatment Certified; Interactive Metronome Certified, Interactive Metronome Advanced Practice Pediatrics; Therapeutic Listening Advanced Practice

Lindamood-Bell Phonemic Reading and Language Program
800-233-1819 (call for local therapists)
Intensive research-based language therapy to help students gain the ability to decode, comprehend written language, comprehend oral language, spell, and think critically

Bradford G Murray OD
1556 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
Pediatric Optometrist, specializing in vision therapy

Judith Paton, M.A. Audiology – Pediatric and Adult
650-340-1280 or 650-343-7225
Offers hearing and CAPD evaluation, AIT (auditory integration training) consulting, case management, in-service training for those with Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD)

Pediatric Therapy, Pat Steffen-Sanchez, M.S., OTR
684-1804 x11
8050 Soquel Dr. Suite ‘A’ Aptos 95003
Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy Services for all disabilities

Dr. Benjamin Popilsky
7551 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA
Full vision screening (including screening for developmental vision problems) optomap, correction, laser vision correction, and developmental vision therapy offered.
Vision Therapy:


Re-Think Autism
Web-based therapy program for individualized learning with teaching tutorials, hundreds of video images of teaching interactions, teaching objectives, assessment, and data-tracking system.

Langdon Roberts, MA, CMT
Center for Transformational Neurophysiology
www.santacruzbiofeedback.com/  or www.neuromassage.com
Office: 4624 Soquel Drive, Soquel
Offers Holistic Neurotherapy for Children and Adults, which uses various techniques of biofeedback, for reducing stress and help with symptoms of ADHD, Anxiety, TS, LD, and more.

Scottish Rite (Masons)
San Jose Scottish Rite Center
2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA
(408) 448-4357
Offers free, low-cost, or reduced fee services for learning and language disorders through the Masonic Learning Centers for Children or RiteCare Children’s Language Programs, according to state or region.
Click on toolbar for philanthropies and then RiteCare and then on directory of services and clinics.

Diane Sherman, O.T., retired
831-521-3713 or 831-647-0413
Monterey and Santa Cruz sites
Leads interactive small group social skills learning classes for children and teens, with a focus on teaching language, cognitive, body language, and problem-solving skills needed to deal with friends, bullies, situations, and conflict.

Simoneon Pediatric Development Center: Mary Scholer, OTR/L, Executive Director
2542 S. Bascom Ave.  Suite 210, Campbell, CA
Services provided by “experienced, licensed pediatric occupational therapists include: Sensory Integration, Auditory Integration Training, Samonas Listening Program, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Anat Baniel Method (Feldenkrais), Greenspan Floor Time, Masgutova Method, Wilbarger Protocol, and Handwriting Without Tears, for infants through adults (mildly to moderately affected) with challenges in learning, attention, organization, coordination, independence skills, auditory processing, language development, and social skills”.

Special Ed Clinic with Andrea Shor, M.Ed
1700 Eisenhower Street San Mateo, CA  94403
650 918 9811 cell or 650 573 9268
Special education specialist works with children through adults to assess, create an educational plan, provide educational therapy,  as well as attend IEP meetings and provide other advocacy services to parents.  She offers a wide range of educational programs, including Brain Gym and Lindamood-Bell programs.

SpeechRighter, Inc. Speech-Language Therapy Services
415 Capitola Ave Capitola
Cristienne Colip, M.S., CCC-SLP (Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist)
Cris works in the areas of developmental language acquisition, auditory processing, oral-motor/apraxia disorders, articulation/fluency and ASD/PDD and offers Lindamood-Bell and Fast Forward language and reading programs, as well as social groups learning.

Deidre Sturm, Speech Language Pathologist, board certified Behaviorist and a certified Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) consultant.
“In her private practice, she works with children with social and emotional delays and all autism spectrum disorders, using a neurological, development treatment model involving children and their caregivers and families. By involving caretakers and family members, children receive therapeutic benefits 24 hours a day, with the opportunity to gain more skills, faster.”  Works in Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Therapy Street for Kids
Find FREE online information from an Occupational Therapist about exercises and activities to you can do with your children at home to develop and improve fine motor skills, bi-lateral coordination, and upper body strength and stability.   Comprehensive lists with explanations, materials needed and lots of activities for kids to do.

Diana Vaniotis, M.A. Ed., Educational Specialist
Provides comprehensive evaluations of reading and/or learning problems related to dyslexia, language delays, visual and auditory processing difficulties, sensory motor integration, Autism spectrum disorders, AD/HD.

Visual Dynamix – Vision Therapy at Home
Created by a vision therapist, this program combines workbook, DVD, and computer vision activities similar to clinic therapies.  Some local vision therapists may also offer this computer program for home therapy.  One-time payment for home program may be less expensive than weekly treatment sessions.

Karee Weber, Speech Therapist
Speech therapy and provider of Fast Forward, a Phonemic Reading and Language program

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids – Resource Provider Directory
Find resources and providers for Northern California or fine-tune your search with their directions.