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As a parent myself, I can understand how exasperating it is to pinpoint the cause of behavioral, social, and academic challenges. I appreciate that not all children fit into a specific box or mold. They have their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
As a child psychologist, I work with parents who are concerned about their child's development or behavior. Many times, clients aren't sure what behaviors should raise a red flag for them, "Is it normal that my child does this?" or "Is it weird that my child doesn't do this?" These are common questions that most parents face. Bottom line: you are not alone and the answers to those questions aren't as straightforward or clear-cut as you'd expect. The answers are a little bit more multifaceted, and, just like your child, constantly evolving!
Neda Petz, Psy.D.
Dr. Petz specializes in neuropsychological & developmental assessments of children, teens, and young adults.
Dr. Petz's training has provided her with expertise in the following areas: autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning differences and disabilities (including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), attention difficulties and disorders (ADHD), developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, traumatic and acquired brain injuries, neurological and genetic disorders affecting learning and behavior, mood and anxiety disorders, and disruptive, impulse-control, conduct disorders.
Dr. Petz has also received training in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). She has a subspecialty in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in toddlers, children, teens, and adults.
Dr. Petz is a first-generation Iranian American and is fluent in Farsi. In addition to her professional practice, she has a passion for art, culture, and music. Dr. Petz received her undergraduate training in Fine Arts, which has found its way into her clinical practice as a way to engage children's cognitive and sensorimotor abilities, nurture resilience, build insight, and cultivate social skills. Dr. Petz resides in the La Crescenta area with her husband and two daughters.
It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet - Miyamoto Musashi
Assessments not only include technical test interpretation of data. Evaluations focus on an individual's personal history, obtaining a detailed understanding of a client's educational background, cultural values, communication styles, and language. Culture encompasses not only race and ethnicity but also includes language, age, sex, gender, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, and beyond.