Keystone Provides Premier ADHD Assessment Services

Dr. Max Horovitz

Dr. Max Horovitz, ADHD Clinic director, and his team of therapists specialize in helping children and adolescents with ADHD.

Our ADHD Clinic is comprised of an interdisciplinary team led by Max Horovitz, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist, as director. The team specializes in the evaluation, treatment and support of children and adolescents with attention deficits, learning problems and related behavioral difficulties.

Evaluation: A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to appropriately diagnose ADHD. This evaluation may include psychological testing evaluating intellectual, academic and executive functioning skills, as well as behavior rating scales, observations and interviews with teachers and the family.

Our therapies focus on reducing inappropriate behavior and improving positive skills.

Therapy: We use evidenced-based therapies with the main goal of reducing the inappropriate behavior (such as hyperactivity and impulsivity) and improving other skills (such as attention, concentration, organization and social skills). Therapy may include school consultation, parent support and individual skills training for children and adolescents. Our team provides treatment recommendations designed specifically to assist children and their families in managing ADHD at home, in school and throughout life. The ADHD Clinic offers a variety of programs to help your child form healthy habits and relationships. From therapy to summer enrichment, our programs provide caregiving and instruction skills for living with ADHD.

One of our Success Stories:

John was brought by his parents to Keystone Behavioral Pediatric’s ADHD Clinic when he was 10 years old, because he was having trouble focusing and concentrating at home and at school. He was struggling with grades at school, and his teacher was sending home frequent reports of behavioral difficulties.  Completing homework was a nightmare; he would only complete it if his mother sat with him throughout and continuously redirected him back to the homework. John’s ability to stay on-task was less than 50% during the afternoon. He also had a lot of problems going to sleep at night. It often took him one to two hours to fall asleep after his mother first sent him to bed, leading to sleepiness in the morning and during the day. John also had daytime toileting accidents, often multiple times per day.

We gave John a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment, which confirmed a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Presentation. John and his mother attended weekly individual therapy sessions over the course of six months. Sessions focused on establishing homework routines and bedtime routines, teaching John self-monitoring strategies and his mother strategies for managing off-task behaviors, and developing a toileting protocol for John. The therapist also helped John get academic supports in the form of a 504 Plan at school.

As John began to improve, we set new goals of focusing on broadening improvements to additional areas and increasing John’s independence. As John began to achieve his treatment goals, we reduced the number of sessions to every other week and then once a month.

By the time he was discharged from our services, John’s grades had significantly improved, with no more reports being sent home of behavioral difficulties. Homework was no longer the nightmare it once was; John’s mother could be in the other room cooking dinner and doing other things, only checking in with John periodically. John’s ability to stay on-task was well over 80 percent. John no longer had problems falling asleep, often falling asleep within 15 minutes of being sent to bed. And, only one toileting accident had been reported over the previous three months.

About the Director: 

Max Horovitz, Ph.D.
Clinical Child Psychologist
Director, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic

Max Horovitz, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist, Director, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic; Co-Director, Educational & Learning Clinic, Horovitz@keystonebehavioral.com

Dr. Max Horovitz has experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in various capacities across development. He additionally has experience working with children with a wider range of emotional and behavioral needs, including oppositional and defiant behaviors, anxiety, depression, toileting issues, and sleep difficulties.  He currently provides a range of services including developmental, psychoeducational, and diagnostic assessments; individual therapy; parent training and school consultation. Dr. Max also has extensive research experience in the areas of ASD and intellectual disability. Dr. Max received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida. He subsequently obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Max completed an APA-accredited, predoctoral internship at the Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania, where he provided clinical services at a residential center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Following his internship, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics and then joined the staff at Keystone as a licensed clinical child psychologist. Dr. Max is a qualified supervisor in the state of Florida for mental health counseling interns.

Resources for Parents/Caregivers:

http://www.chadd.org/

www.additudemag.com

www.chop.edu/centers-programs/center-management-adhd/health-resources#.V7MYpJgrLIU

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/materials.html

https://add.org/

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Dr. Ratey and Dr. Hallowell

Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition, by Dr. Barkley

 

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