Pediatric Neuropsychologist Fellow
Caroline Kleeman comes to NESCA with experience providing evaluations for children with a range of neurodevelopmental profiles. She has focused on assessing children with autism spectrum disorder, including those presentations accompanied by cognitive delays, language impairments, or genetic disorders. She also enjoys evaluating children with academic difficulties stemming from learning disorders or attention/executive function disorders.
Ms. Kleeman’s approach to testing recognizes that children are so much more than a list of scores. Combining her own careful observations with input provided by parents and teachers, Ms. Kleeman strives to differentiate between skill deficits or performance deficits, while also identifying unique strengths. Additionally, drawing on her applied behavior analysis (ABA) background, Ms. Kleeman looks beyond the individual to identify helping and hindering features of the surrounding environment. The result is meaningful, highly individualized educational and therapeutic recommendations.
Ms. Kleeman received her Sc.B. with honors from Brown University, where she studied cognitive science. Focusing on early childhood, she conducted research on the role of sleep (especially naps!) in cognitive development. After college, Ms. Kleeman worked as a therapist at Nashoba Learning Group, using the tenets of ABA to provide instruction across educational, vocational, behavioral, and adaptive domains.
Bridging between psychology and education, Ms. Kleeman is finalizing her doctorate in school psychology at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Her dissertation is investigating the role that Sesame Street’s autistic muppet, Julia, could play in early childhood social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut, where, in addition to psychoeducational evaluations, she provided ABA therapy and ABA-based reading intervention for children across the autism spectrum.
Outside of work, Ms. Kleeman enjoys baking, listening to podcasts, and going to theater and dance performances.
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