Pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists. They have training in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. They have special training in how the brain develops. They use this training to evaluate and help manage children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Such disorders may involve brain injury, medical disease, or developmental problems such as Autism or ADHD. Pediatric neuropsychologists help parents, teachers, and physicians to:
Understand how problems with the brain may relate to problems seen at school, home, or with peers
Understand how a child learns best
Understand why a child may have behavior problems
Help a child deal with thinking or behavior problems
Identify neurological or psychiatric problems
Help establish reasonable expectations to a child’s functioning
Work with other doctors and teachers to develop the best treatment and school plan for a child
A neuropsychological evaluation may help if your child has:
A developmental or school problem such as a learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or autism spectrum disorder/pervasive developmental disorder. A neurological disorder such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor. A brain injury from a trauma to the head, stroke, lack of oxygen, or an infection. Other medical problems such as prematurity, diabetes, chronic heart or breathing problems, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer. Been exposed to alcohol, smoking, or certain drugs prior to birth. Had an evaluation by a psychologist or the school, but the treatment following that evaluation has not helped.
A developmental or school problem such as a learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or autism spectrum disorder/pervasive developmental disorder.
A neurological disorder such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor.
A brain injury from a trauma to the head, stroke, lack of oxygen, or an infection.
Other medical problems such as prematurity, diabetes, chronic heart or breathing problems, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer.
Been exposed to alcohol, smoking, or certain drugs prior to birth.
Had an evaluation by a psychologist or the school, but the treatment following that evaluation has not helped.
Pediatric neuropsychologists and psychologists often use some of the same tests. However, psychoeducational evaluations focus on deciding if a child has a problem with academic skills such as reading, spelling, or math. Pediatric neuropsychologists focus on understanding why a child is having problems in school or at home. This is done by examining academic skills, but also examining all of the thinking skills needed to perform well in and outside of school – skills like memory, attention, and problem-solving Understanding a child’s specific thinking strengths and weaknesses helps to better focus school plans and medical treatment and understand potential areas of future difficulty. Because neuropsychologists have training in clinical psychology, they are also able to diagnosis emotional problems like depression and anxiety.
Our doctors work directly with your child to administer tests and complete a clinical interview. Some of the testing may be completed by our technician, Karen Andrews. Ms. Andrews has specialized training in psychometry and is directly supervised by the neuropsychologist.
Dr. Kelderman and Dr. Panora are based in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida clinic, conveniently located near I-95 and PGA Blvd, and just 10 minutes from the turnpike and PGA Blvd.
For our Treasure Coast and Space Coast families, neuropsychological evaluations are available in our Port St. Lucie office.
Beginning in February 2018, Dr. Kelderman and Dr. Panora will have availability in West Des Moines, Iowa.
The Center for Pediatri Neuropsychology has partnered with Hope Academy to provide neuropsychology services to families on Grand Cayman Island for over 8 years.
Not every child who undergoes a neuropsychological evaluation will receive a diagnosis. Many children present for an evaluation, however, because they are struggling in certain areas. If a child meets criteria for a diagnosis, the doctor will provide one. It is not about labeling the child, rather it is about using that diagnostic concept to determine the treatment plan. We rely on research to tell us what types of therapies and interventions work for what kinds of problems. Having a label for a certain type of problem points us in the right directions and helps make sure our treatment plans will be effective for the individual child.
In some instance insurance plans will cover neuropsychology services. We are often able to obtain in-network coverage, depending on your insurance carrier. In other instances, we will help you request in-network coverage from your carrier. We are happy to provide you an insurance benefit quote outlining your anticipated responsibility.
Yes. The Center for Pediatric Neuropsychology offers zero-interest payment plans. Please contact the clinic for details.
We are typically able to complete testing in one day. Your child will work one-on-one in a quiet, distraction free room, and be provided breaks as needed. If your child becomes fatigued and/or is unable to complete testing on the scheduled day, we will schedule a second session to complete testing.
We require one parent or guardian to stay on premises while their child completes testing. We have a comfortable waiting area and wi-fi. A work area may be available upon request.
Psychiatry is the science of treating disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism with medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with fellowship level training in psychiatry. Following the initial appointments, families typically return for 30-minute follow-up appointments every 4 to 12 weeks to monitor progress.
Neuropsychology is the science of brain-behavior relationships. Board certified neuropsychologists have doctoral level training in neurology, psychology, and assessment and also completed a 2-year fellowship in neuropsychology. A neuropsychological assessment is typically completed over the course of one day. A child may not need a follow-up evaluation for 2 or 3 years, or they may not need one at all. Annual follow-ups are typically recommended for toddlers and young children.
Psychiatrists and neuropsychologists both provide diagnoses and treatment plans. Children with complex and/or unique presentations typically benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation, which then guides psychiatric treatment, but not every child requires a neuropsychological evaluation in order to receive psychiatric treatment.
Most psychiatric evaluations will include recommendations and suggestions for treatment, which may include medication, and may also include interventions such as individual therapy, tutoring, occupational therapy, language therapy, or behavior therapy. Ultimately, it is the parent’s choice whether or not to use medication. Ideally, this decision is made with the support and guidance of a psychiatrist who understands the child’s needs.
Depending on your insurance carrier, you may need a referral from your child’s pediatrician. The majority of the time a referral is not necessary. Our clinic will obtain a benefit quote and will inform you if a referral is necessary.
Completed questionnaires School records (IEP/504) Medical records (if there is a medical condition) Previous assessments Insurance card Snacks Child’s prescription eye glasses Something to keep your child entertained during the feedback session, such as a book or tablet
School records (IEP/504)
Medical records (if there is a medical condition)
Child’s prescription eye glasses
Something to keep your child entertained during the feedback session, such as a book or tablet
Our doctors are available to attend school meeting with advance scheduling. Insurance does not cover this service.
Dr. Kelderman and Dr. Panora offer forensic consultation services. We do not accept Letters of Protection. Please contact the Palm Beach Gardens clinic for additional information.