What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. A board-certified neuropsychologist has extensive education and specialized training in neurology as well as psychology. Pediatric neuropsychologists have additional training and experience in child development. A neuropsychological evaluation involves measuring thinking, behavior, and social-emotional functioning using standardized tests and procedures. Examiners work directly with your child. They also talk to parents, teachers and other doctors, and will review any records.

Your child will be asked many questions and to solve different types of problems. Neuropsychological evaluations typically include tests that measure the following:

A young girl points at a picture during an evaluation.
  • Intelligence

  • Problem solving

  • Planning

  • Organization

  • Attention

  • Inhibition

  • Processing speed

  • Language

  • Memory & Learning

  • Visual-spatial Skills

  • Fine motor skills

  • Social cognition

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

A child’s performance on these tests is compared to that of other children within their age group. This allows us to determine how their level of functioning in various areas ranks as compared to peers of their same age. That information is then combined with data collected from parent and teacher questionnaires to develop a comprehensive understanding of an individual child’s strengths and weaknesses. Our doctors then utilize this to develop a treatment plan aimed at supporting a child’s areas of weakness. Results are initially conveyed to parents through a verbal feedback session with the doctor, and a comprehensive written report documenting the evaluation is completed within 4-6 weeks after the evaluation.

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