The DAIC Genesis:
DAIC was founded by Dr. Risa Tabacoff, a New York State licensed psychologist who has been successfully treating children and adults for over 20 years. Dr. Tabacoff has a PhD in Developmental Psychology, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Creative Expressive Therapy. Dr. Tabacoff is the Director of DAIC, coordinating and overseeing all services, beginning with personally conducting the initial interview with the parent/caregiver. Consulting throughout testing with the psychologist individually assigned to each client, Dr. Tabacoff co-hosts a feedback meeting at the end of the evaluation to explain in detail the results of testing.
Her focus is enhancing the lives of children with special needs. She knows first hand the distress and dilemma parents face when a child is not performing at expected levels. She has an intimate knowledge of the intricacies of navigating successfully through school systems and of the special service providers needed to improve a child’s success rate. Parents are not often experts in the field of child development, they may be faced with a situation involving their child that demands expert intervention. Proper assessment and remediation can be invaluable to assuring a child’s healthy development.
Unfortunately, sometimes schools and professionals in other disciplines may not accurately detect a child’s problem. And even when a proper diagnosis is in place, parents need to coordinate the remedy, meeting with each specialist and/or teacher, making sure everyone is working together. This can easily overwhelm parents.
DAIC is the culmination of this awareness and concern for parents. Each staff member at DAIC is determined to help guide parents through this difficult process. The staff is made up of psychologists and other child development specialists who bring expert professional perspectives to the table. DAIC’s approach is team oriented. This affords DAIC the opportunity to develop the most comprehensive and thorough evaluation and remediation strategies possible, empowering the parents with the tools needed to ensure the child receives appropriate remediation.