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Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment


Pediatric neuropsychology is a specialty branch of psychology concerned with brain-behavior relationships in children and adolescents. The brain is involved in everything that we do, from sleeping, to paying attention, to communicating, to learning, to managing our emotions. Just like every person is unique on the outside, we each have a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses in neuropsychological function. Identifying one's neuropsychological profile can be the key to understanding the difficulties a person is experiencing and establishing a roadmap for accomplishing personal goals.


What is involved in a pediatric neuropsychological assessment?


A pediatric neuropsychological assessment involves cutting-edge, standardized measures. Each assessment is tailored to the individual’s needs and typically involves the assessment of the following areas:

  • Intelligence

  • Language

  • Visual-spatial and visual-perception

  • Learning and memory

  • Sensory-motor skills

  • Attention

  • Executive functioning (e.g., organization, planning, flexible thinking)

  • Behavioral, emotional, and social functioning

  • Academic achievement


When is a pediatric neuropsychological assessment appropriate?


A pediatric neuropsychological assessment is appropriate if you are concerned about yourself or your child for the following reasons:

  • Learning or academic difficulties

  • Reading difficulties

  • Low academic achievement

  • Attentional, organizational, time management difficulties

  • Concern for ADHD/ADD

  • Socialization difficulties

  • Behavioral challenges

  • Concern for Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Difficulty managing emotions

  • Concern for psychiatric disorder

  • If the child has a medical, genetic, or neurological condition that is affecting their functioning

  • If the child experienced a brain injury

  • If the child was born pre-mature or experienced other birth complications that may have affected the brain

  • If the child has other developmental problems that affect the brain

  • If you feel the child’s needs are not being met at school

  • Accommodations for exams (e.g., SAT, SAT II, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, MCAT)

  • Specialized college and graduate school services

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