Mark S. Wagner, Ph.D., ABN, FACPN, ABVE
Diplomate, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
Fellow, American College of Professional Neuropsychology
Diplomate, American Board of Vocational Experts
Neuropsychological Services of Delaware Valley
Jenkintown, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work with children and adults is being able to help identify areas of neuropsychological strength and ability in individuals who have experienced acquired brain injuries or other neurocognitive concerns. Children and adults suffering with neuropsychological changes often are prone to experience a sense of distress associated with changes in their everyday functioning. Consequently, there is a need to be able to identify not only the existing strengths and abilities, but also accommodations that at times can be applied to help compensate for areas of weakness. These accommodations may be needed within the home environment, educational or work related setting.
There are typically many questions needing to be answered as to the capabilities of the individual and what impact changes in neuropsychological functioning will have on the personÂ?s adaptive skills. These are questions that I address on a daily basis in my work with children and a
I have found that most adults find employment to be a stabilizing factor in their lives and are often anxious to return to work as soon as possible following a neurological insult. Children on the other hand oftentimes find home and school to be the stabilizing factors in their lives and are also anxious to return to a degree of normalcy as soon as possible. As we get older, family, friends and community affiliations are factors that are depended upon for stabilization and meaning. Ultimately, no matter what age at which an individual experiences an acquired brain injury, there is the desire for a sense of stability as soon as possible.
When an individual experiences an acquired brain injury, unfortunately there are often significant disruptions that can be experienced in their day-to-day lives. These disruptions may be time-limited, resolving relatively quickly within a matter of months. When the trauma is more severe however, the changes and challenges experienced can be longer lasting. The sense of associated emotional distress experienced by the individual and family often is difficult to quantitatively assess, though we can see the individual is struggling to complete at times even simple tasks and routines.
Most often individuals experiencing an acquired brain injury recognize there has been a change of functioning; however, often they are unable to effectively verbalize the difficulties that they are experiencing. These difficulties may be noted in changes in personality, memory, attention/concentration and organization/planning skills. Typically impacted is the individualÂ?s level of work productivity, whether they are in a school or work related setting. It is also not unusual to find that close family, friends, teachers and/or coworkers, more readily notices these changes.
As a clinical neuropsychologist, I have the opportunity to immerse myself on a day-to-day basis in my work with individuals experiencing the consequences of acquired brain injuries and other neurocognitive disorders. In my work I am assisting in determining not only the degree and nature of the neuropsychological impairment that the individual is presenting with, but how the impairment impacts the individualÂ?s activities of daily living, including the ability to return to school or work; and also function at home or within their community independently.
As an expert in my field, I welcome the opportunity to provide unbiased, supportive neuropsychological services in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals suffering with an acquired brain injury or other neuropsychological limitations. Whatever the presenting problem, whether there has been a cerebral vascular accident, neuromuscular disorder, developmental disorder, learning disability, toxic exposure or a traumatic accident, I am there to provide for a thorough assessment of strengths and needs while also providing for recommendations to help improve the situation.
I hope that after looking over my website, if you have any questions or if I can be of service to you or a loved one, you will feel comfortable contacting me.