Why was my child referred for an evaluation?

Pediatric neuropsychologists commonly assess children for attention problems, learning disabilities (such as dyslexia or math difficulties), disorders of language and/or coordination difficulties. Evaluations are detailed and information is obtained about brain-behavior relationships, and their contributions to presenting concerns. Evaluations may also involve assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Autism, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Assessments also evaluate neurological conditions such as effects of a tumor, anoxia, birth complications, Cerebral Palsy, toxic exposures, and head injuries or concussions.  Assessment are often requested to determine possible cognitive difficulties involved with medical conditions, and the effects of treatments or interventions which may impact on neurological or neuropsychological functions.


What will be assessed during the evaluation?

  • General Cognitive Skills (Intelligence)
  • Academic Achievement (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic)
  • Executive Functions (i.e., planning/organization, impulsivity, problem solving, flexibility in thinking)
  • Attention and Concentration (passive attention, parallel processing, working memory)
  • Learning and Memory (Short-Term and Long-Term Memory for auditory and visual information)
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Visual-Spatial Skills
  • Motor Coordination
  • Behavioral, Emotional, and Adaptive Functioning


What type of information will the evaluation provide?

Results of neuropsychological assessments clarify diagnoses and provide information about an individual child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.  This information is important in assisting with educational placement or remediation, clinical treatment planning, rehabilitation, formulating accommodations, disability determinations, and clarifying any effects of medication or surgery.  Detailed feedback is provided to parents after the testing session, and implications of findings are reviewed and recommendations provided.  After the feedback session, a detailed written report is completed and provided to parents and to your child's doctor.


Who will benefit from these services?

Children, adolescents, and young adults, with suspected:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disorders (LD), Dyslexia
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, Asperger’s Disorder)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Sports-Related Concussions
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Tourette's Disorder
  • Mental Retardation
  • Developmental Delays
  • Speech/Language Disorders
  • Various Genetic Disorders (i.e., Fragile X Syndrome, Velocardiofacial Syndrome VCFS)
  • Turners Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Bipolar Specturm Disorders
  • Anxiety or Depression