Your family may meet several care givers during your time at Children’s.
- A psychologist has a doctoral degree. A psychologist has studied how the brain works and how this affects the way a person thinks, acts or feels.
- A neuropsychologist is typically a psychologist who has additional training and experience in understanding brain-behavior relationships. A neuropsychologist has an advanced degree in psychology, known as a Ph.D. or Psy.D. A neuropsychologist usually works with psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and other medical specialists as a team to coordinate a child's care.
- A pediatric neuropsychologist has additional training or experience specifically in working with children and adolescents and their special needs. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has full-time pediatric neuropsychologists on staff to provide assessment and consultation services for a wide variety of problems in children and adolescents from infancy through young adulthood.
- A psychometrist is a person who has received training in psychology or related field with an emphasis in tests and measurement. The basic function of a psychometrist is to administer and score psychological tests under the direct supervision of a clinical psychologist.
Clinical psychologist vs. neuropsychologist
While it can be confusing to understand which caregivers will help your child, we find that it’s helpful to explain the difference between clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists.
- A clinical psychologist will look at how your child thinks, acts and feels.
- A neuropsychologist will test how your child’s brain affects his thoughts, feelings and behavior. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has pediatric neuropsychologists. They can help your child from birth to age 21.
What to expect
Your neuropsychologist uses a systematic test, called a neuropsychological evaluation, to see if there are behavioral issues following diagnosed or suspected brain injury.
Following diagnosis, many patients are then treated with an individualized cognitive remediation plan. Cognitive remediation is a therapeutic approach oriented toward helping these patients overcome such cognitive deficits.
The neuropsychological evaluation is the most helpful tool in determining how neurological and/or psychiatric factors may contribute to a child's condition.
Before the evaluation, we will:
- Look at your child’s medical and school records.
- Ask about your child’s developmental, social and family histories.
- Ask you and your child’s teacher to fill out forms about his learning and behavior.
During the evaluation, we will:
- Use tests to check how your child thinks and behaves. The tests can take one to five hours. This might happen on more than one day.
After the evaluation, we will:
- Look at your child’s test results. We will talk to you about the results. We will make suggestions to help him at home and school.
- Make a plan to help your child. We will work with your child’s teachers and doctors.
- Help you start your child’s plan so he can reach his goals.
Evaluations and diagnostic tests
We use advanced diagnosis, treatment and neuroimaging technology to provide better outcomes for your child. Our team provides unique treatment options based on each child's condition and needs.