Joel P. Sussman, M.D. FAAP
Clinical Director; Palmetto Associates for Scholastic Success (P.A.S.S.)
245 Business Park Boulevard                  Columbia, SC 29203           Phone:  (803) 462-1234



 What Is P.A.S.S.?

Established in 1992 by Dr. Joel Sussman, Palmetto Associates for Scholastic Success is a multi-modal evaluation clinic for children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorders.  

Our clinic is devoted to working with children, teens and adults.

Help For Children:

Children have their own unique set of problems.  Our clinic evaluates and treats children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specific learning disabilities, subtle seizure disorders, Tourette's Syndrome, Central Auditory Processing Deficiencies, High Functioning Autistic Spectrum including Asperger's Syndrome and behavioral problems.

Dr. Sussman conducts a comprehensive evaluation to help your child to achieve in all facets of his or her life.  The in-depth evaluation includes developmental, medical, educational, psychological and family histories.  Dr. Sussman refers to special educators, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists and hypnotherapists.  Out of our office, referrals to language specialists, audiologists, and occupational therapists are used when necessary.

We recommend testing based on each child’s individual problems and needs. The evaluation includes a full neurological exam and computer testing to assist in the assessment.

The family is given a summation and a diagnosis, and a suggested therapeutic plan including  recommendations to the parents, the school, and, most importantly, to the child.  For families who desire additional assistance, we provide after-school tutorials with special educators and psychological therapy with a clinical psychologist.

Help For Adults:

Since the late 1980’s, researchers and doctors have understood that ADHD does not necessarily disappear at the onset of adulthood.  Understanding the need to evaluate and treat adult ADHD and related disorders, Dr. Sussman has helped adults since the inception of his clinic.

Nearly half of our patients are adults coming to us from every corner of South Carolina and neighboring states. Men and women from all walks of life, college and graduate students, medical and law students, all have benefited from our evaluation and treatment programs.

Most recently, research and anecdotal evidence have shown that women have their own unique set of problems with previously undiagnosed ADHD. Managing their careers and their families puts significant stress on any woman. Trying to deal with multiple issues is especially stressful for women with ADHD. Dr Sussman has a particular interest in investigating and treating these problems.

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