What is a neuropsychologist?
A neuropsychologist is clinical psychologist with special training and expertise in brain development and its relationship to learning, behavior, and overall functioning.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation includes a formal assessment of brain functioning (e.g., cognitive or “thinking” skills) such as memory, attention, processing speed, executive functions and intelligence. A neuropsychologist will also gather a detailed history, information on current concerns, as well as information on behavior, social, and emotional functioning.
The information gathered from the evaluation is pulled together to better understand the how's and why's of a child/adolescent/young adult's learning, behavior, and functioning. The evaluation is also used to identify possible diagnoses, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning disorders.
Recommendations are developed based on the results of the evaluation, and the individual's identified strengths and weaknesses, in order to help improve their functioning. Recommendations are provided for assistance with academic planning, as well as for settings outside of school. Results and recommendations are discussed with families at a feedback session and provided in the form of a written report. This comprehensive report can also be provided to teachers and medical professionals.
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Who might need a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation?
Children/adolescents/young adults who are having difficulties with learning and overall functioning may benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation. In addition, individuals with neurological/medical diagnoses or general developmental concerns would benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation, including the following:
Epilepsy/Seizures Traumatic Brain Injury Stroke Brain Infection/ Encephalitis
Prematurity Prenatal Substance Exposure Chronic Heart Problems Spina Bifida
Genetic Disorders Neurofibromatosis Hydrocephalus Cerebral Palsy
Brain Tumor Treatment of Childhood Cancer Lead Exposure Learning Disability