Our pediatric neuropsychologists offer evaluations for cognitive changes associated with:
- neurological conditions like epilepsy or brain tumors
- procedures like brain surgery, shunt replacement or radiation treatments
- brain injury
- developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorders
- neuromuscular disorders like spina bifida or multiple sclerosis
Neuropsychologists share results with your family, the medical team and your child’s school. Our neuropsychologists are also available to remotely attend Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings.
What is a pediatric neuropsychologist?
Our pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed mental health professionals with broad knowledge of brain-behavior relationships. They have extensive training working with children.
They have doctoral degrees in psychology with coursework in assessment, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, child development, neuropathology and psychopathology.
Certified neuropsychometrists may work closely with neuropsychologists to evaluate your child. They have graduate degrees in psychology and expertise in assessment.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
These tests comprehensively evaluate a child’s thinking and behavior.
The evaluation may measure:
- intelligence (IQ)
- ability to solve problems
- learning and memory
- visual-spatial skills
- motor skills
- academic achievement
- personality and social skills
The evaluation may contain some of the same tests as a school psychological evaluation, but focuses on a broader range of skills. Our tests also interpret findings in relation to brain processes. The evaluation usually lasts two-six hours. It includes an interview and variety of tasks.
Why does my child need an evaluation?
Your doctor may recommend an evaluation if they are concerned your child has trouble thinking or behaving. Tests can also track progress after surgery, an injury or other neurological disorder.
- confirm or clarify a diagnosis
- show changes since prior evaluations
- identify strengths and weaknesses to guide instruction
- lead to referrals to other specialists
How should we prepare for the evaluation?
You may discuss with your child that a neuropsychology evaluation has been recommended to help them be more successful at school and home.
On the day of the evaluation, your child should
- be well rested and eat a good breakfast
- take medication as usual
- wear glasses or hearing aids as usual
Please bring copies of
- school records
- previous neuropsychological testing
- state test scores, report cards and Individualized Educational Plans
You should be prepared to stay in the clinic during the evaluation. Neuropsychologists will discuss your child’s performance after the tests.