Pediatric neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists who have extensive training in neurodevelopmental conditions. We focus on the assessment and diagnosis of such conditions and strive to develop the most effective interventions for a child within both home and school environments.
What types of testing do Neuropsychologists perform?
We conduct very extensive testing. The focus of the testing is specific and is based upon concerns that parents have presented to us. We evaluate children for a host of neurodevelopmental conditions, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, Autism, Social/Emotional concerns, response to medication, medical issues, etc.
Testing involves the collection of information from a variety of sources, including the parents, teachers, outside therapists, pediatrician/psychiatrist/neurologist as well as quantitative testing, in which the child would participate in a full day evaluation. The reason why this information is gathered from so many sources is to ensure that the data we receive is consistent throughout all areas of the child’s life. It will also help to identify where the child may be struggling the most.
What happens after a Neuropsychologist performs the testing?
Once the testing is complete, the neuropsychologist will spend time integrating all the information and determine which specific areas of strength and weakness are identified. With this information, we are able to help work with the family, outside therapists and academic team in order to create the most appropriate accommodations and interventions possible.
It is vital to realize that the neuropsychological evaluation should be an on-going phenomena. We often request that the children return for brief follow-up evaluations every three to six months in order to track progress from therapy and help to identify whether or not there are changes to be made with the current accommodations and interventions.
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