Does my child need a neuropsychological assessment?
Children who are having difficulty in school with reading or math, experiencing attention problems, or are exhibiting problematic behavior, can often benefit from a neuropsychological assessment.
Neuropsychological testing is also useful for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or for whom such a diagnosis is suspected. Testing is also beneficial when there is evidence of developmental delay, poor social skills, or behavioral problems exhibited at home or at school.
While school psychologists perform assessments to determine whether a student qualifies for special education or therapies to enhance school performance, a pediatric neuropsychologist administers a specialized evaluation that is necessary to diagnose a learning or behavioral disorder based on differences in brain function.
A pediatric neuropsychological assessment typically includes an extensive batter of tests, and consultations with teachers, school personnel, parents/caregivers, and private therapists. When emotional or behavioral issues are of concern, the assessment may also include classroom observation.
A pediatric neuropsychological evaluation can be used to assess the following:
- Intellectual ability
- Achievement skills including reading and mathematics
- Organization, planning, flexibility, and inhibition (executive skills)
- Attention span
- Learning and memory skills
- Specific learning strengths and weaknesses
Benefits of a Neuropsychological Assessment
Neuropsychological testing can clarify the reasons for behavior problems and learning difficulties while providing strategies for remediation. Also, treatment options in the community are given during the feedback session.
For More Information
For more information on Marianjoy’s neuropsychology services or testing, please call 630.909.8602.
Prescriptions for neuropsychological testing and services may be faxed to 630.909.7151.
Dr. Christine Valessares
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Learn more about Dr. Valessares and her areas of specialties.