Pediatric Minds is an inter-disciplinary clinic that specializes in providing cutting edge assessments and evidence-based treatment of the highest quality to children with Autism, Neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioral and emotional issues, ADHD, developmental delays including speech delay, sensory processing issues, learning disabilities (dyslexia), Cerebral Palsy and genetic disorders.
Your child’s treatment will be based on scientifically proven therapies that have been shown through research to work! Early childhood is a crucial time to intervene with developmental and behavioral issues and scientifically backed strategies of treatment are the only way to ensure your child’s best developmental and behavioral outcome (see CDC recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/treatment.html).
Our interdisciplinary staff includes:
Dr. Pantea Hannauer
Pediatric Neurology, specializing in Autism and Epilepsy, Medical Director at Pediatric Minds
Dr. Hannauer supports the Centers Child Neurology services. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub-specialty training in Pediatric Neurology. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical Center, she is recognized as one of the premier experts in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism, Epilepsy, developmental delays, pediatric behavioral issues, and learning disabilities. An integral part of the UCLA Department of Child Neurology, she is actively engaged in teaching medical students, interns and residents.
Dr. Pantea Sharifi Hannauer, MD, a is a Licensed Child Neurologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Hannauer is highly trained in the fields of behavioral medicine, early development, Autism, Epilepsy and medication treatment. She is also part of the world renowned Pediatric Neurology Department at UCLA Medical Center, Mattel’s Children Hospital, where she actively teaches other professionals, residents and medical students. She is also actively involved in patient care at UCLA and in the South Bay community. You will have access to the most up to date research opportunities, studies, specific tests and scans only offered at UCLA if you are interested in participating. All medical tests and procedures will be completed at UCLA Medical Center, if any are needed.
Dr. Ted Hutman
Ted Hutman, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Hutman is a clinical and developmental psychologist and adjunct assistant professor in Psychiatry, specializing in Autism and early social emotional development. Dr. Hutman is a lead researcher for the infant siblings of children with Autism study as part of the NIH/NICHD-funded project at UCLA. He is the recipient of a prestigious career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health. His research aims to improve our understanding of emerging signs of autism during infancy. He is supporting Pediatric Minds’ efforts to provide comprehensive care to our patients and to develop our collaborative research activities.
Dr. Elaine Econom, BCBA-D
Dr. Elaine Econom is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level and is the director of the Pediatric Minds Developmental Services program. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology and 28 years of experience working with children and adults, who have behavioral needs. She has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities as well as other disabilities. Dr. Econom has extensive experience with providing behavioral education and consultation to parents and other care providers for individualized program development and a person/family centered plan. She has also provided services to a number of school districts for classroom consultation, functional behavioral assessments, behavioral support plans and IEP objective development. Dr. Econom utilizes the techniques and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) as well as an eclectic approach to consider family dynamics, environmental analysis and development of the client’s ability to learn positive skills and self-advocacy.
Dr. Cori Fujii
Cori Fujii, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist at Pediatric Minds, Early Childhood Treatment Center. Dr. Fujii earned her PhD from UCLA and spent her graduate and postdoctoral years supervising a cognitive behavioral therapy intervention study for children and adolescents with Anxiety and Autism as part of UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She currently supervises treatment while providing support and education to parents of children enrolled in the ECTC program. She works collaboratively with the child’s family, our multidisciplinary team, and the child’s outpatient service providers to ensure the highest quality of treatment and consistency among services. In addition, Dr. Fujii conducts a 10-week outpatient social skills group for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or other social challenges.
Dr. Pam Ajang
Pam Ajang, PhD is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in pediatric neuropsychology. She completed her doctoral degree at Palo Alto University and obtained her clinical specialization training at various institutions including University of Miami/Jackson Memorial hospital, Children’s Hospital Oakland, and St. Mary’s Medical Center. She has maintained a private practice in the South Bay since 1999, providing assessment, therapy, and educational advocacy to families and children with various neurodevelopmental conditions. Dr. Ajang joined the team at Pediatric Minds Early Childhood Treatment Center at its inception in 2011. Here at ECTC, she continues to provide clinical intervention and parent education to families as well as supervision and consulting services.
Janet Vivero, Ph.D.
Dr. Vivero (“Dr. J”) is a Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish speaking pediatric neuropsychologist. She received neuropsychological assessment training at Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles at Augustus F. Hawkins Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, in the Department of Psychiatry/Division of Psychology. She also obtained additional neuropsychological training at The Help Group Family and Children’s Services in Sherman Oaks, California. She has been training predoctoral psychology students since 2004
Dr. J. has been with Pediatric Minds since 2011. As Director of Clinical Training, she developed our Psychology Practicum Training Program and has trained and supervised many predoctoral level psychology students and postdoctoral psychology candidates. Our training program is highly sought after for its excellence in pediatric neuropsychological and developmental evaluations. Dr. J also oversees and collaborates with the ECTC’s interdisciplinary team to ensure progress towards treatment goals and effective outcomes of patient treatment. She is passionate about her work with families, particularly supporting parents in developing communication and specific strategies to meet the unique needs of their children.
Dr. Jessica Hogan, PsyD
Dr. Jessica Hogan, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California (PSY 30429). She earned her doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus. Dr. Hogan has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings such as an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Indian Health Service, Private Practice, College Counseling, In-Home ABA programs, and Community Mental Health Centers. She has experience providing Individual, Group, Couples, and Family Therapy, as well as Psychological Testing for clients of all ages. She also provides supervision and Training for doctoral-level trainees at Pediatric Minds.
Dajana Samanc, MA, BCBA
Dajana Samanc, MA, BCBA graduated from California State University Long Beach in the field of psychology. Since 2005, Dajana has been extensively trained in Applied Behavior Analysis as it pertains to children with ASD and related disorders. Dajana has in-depth experience with both early intervention and high functioning autism. Dajana oversees treatment quality at the ECTC center, collaborates with other service providers, and integrates a multidisciplinary approach into one seamless treatment model.
Tiffany Ng, MA., CCC-SLP
Tiffany Ng, MA., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech language pathologist at Pediatric Minds, Early Childhood Treatment Center. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Fullerton. Throughout her academic and professional career, Tiffany has completed assessments and has implemented individual, and group therapy sessions with a variety of speech and language disorders including receptive-expressive language disorders, articulation/motor speech disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Tiffany believes that every child has the potential to become an effective communicator and is passionate about helping children find their voice within a creative learning environment.
Tiffany currently provides individual speech and language therapy outpatient services and works collaboratively with our multidisciplinary team to assess patients and guide speech and language treatment for patients within the ECTC program.
As the owner of Vivian Hsu, Speech Language Pathology, Vivian has helped hundreds of children and their families with communication disorders. With 20 years of experience as a pediatric speech language pathologist, she utilizes a play-based therapy approach to help children ‘find their voice’ and learn to communicate with others around them.
Her past experiences include supervision and training of graduate students and clinical fellows, Speech and Language Director at a multidisciplinary clinic, parent trainings, conference speaker, and ongoing therapy for children. Combining her experience with continued education, Vivian maintains current evidence-based practices to treat a variety of speech and language disorders including receptive-expressive language disorders, motor speech disorders, dysphagia/feeding, pragmatic language disorders and executive functioning deficits. Vivian believes in providing therapy for the whole child, as communication is essential to daily life.
Vivian has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Illinois. She holds current CA state licensure for speech language pathology and American Speech Language Hearing Association certification.
3524 Torrance Blvd., Suite 104
Torrance, California 90503
(Building located on Fashion Way)
Pediatric Minds Medical Center
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