What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is done when there may be a problem with a child’s behavior or thinking. It is available to children and adolescents up to age 21.
Jackie Kiefel, Ph.D. evaluating a patient
Prior to the evaluation, your child’s neuropsychologist will:
- Review your child’s medical or school records.
- Ask questions about your child’s medical, school and
- Give some tests during the evaluation so that the healthcare team can better understand a broad range of your child’s thinking and behavioral abilities. This can take one to five hours, depending on your child’s level of functioning.
- Request a chance to watch your child at home and/or school if necessary.
- Have your child’s teacher complete additional forms about his learning behavior.
After the evaluation, the results and suggestions for improvement are reviewed with the parents. Plans are made for follow-up, such as contacting school personnel, physicians, rehabilitation professionals and others involved in your child’s care.
When could a child or adolescent benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation?
A Neuropsychological evaluation may be needed if you suspect your child has:
- Difficulty thinking
- Problems learning
- Uncontrollable emotions
- Unusual behaviors
- Memory problems
Neuropsychological testing may also needed if your child has had any of these conditions:
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Sickle cell disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Seizure disorder
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Metabolic problems
- Endocrine problems
- Developmental problems
- Premature birth
- Cerebral palsy
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Brain tumor
- Other neurological conditions
Results from a neuropsychological evaluation help the healthcare professional determine the proper rehabilitation, psychological, psychiatric or educational services for your child and family