The purpose of a Neuropsychological Evaluation is to understand an individual’s strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive testing battery. Neuropsychological evaluations are often conducted in the context of an individual with a complex/chronic medical condition in order to document the impact of brain abnormalities, damage, or dysfunction; however, neuropsychological evaluations can also be recommended outside of medically-related concerns.
Neuropsychological testing batteries include tests that are selected based on the referral question, areas of challenge expressed by the family or medical provider, and medical history. Test results help to inform diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
While the specific aspects of the evaluation will vary depending on the presenting concern and the age of the child/adolescent, neuropsychological evaluations typically assesses: intellectual abilities, attention, executive functioning, memory, language, visual spatial skills, motor skills, social-emotional functioning, and adaptive behaviors
Who Can Benefit from a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Typically, neuropsychological evaluations are recommended for children and adolescents with a history of complex and/or chronic medical condition (e.g., seizure disorder, cancer, brain tumor, congenital heart defect, concussion, genetic disorder) or those who have required treatment that has impacted thinking, learning, and behaviors.
What Does a Neuropsychological Evaluation Entail?
A neuropsychological evaluation consists of multiple steps to a comprehensive evaluation including the following:
- Parent and child intake/interview at the beginning of the evaluation day, or on a previously scheduled day. This is completed to obtain information about the child or adolescent’s developmental, medical, educational, social, and psychological history.
- Neuropsychological testing may be completed on the same day as the intake/interview or on a separately scheduled day. Testing consists of one-on-one testing with the neuropsychologist to measure domains of cognitive, social-emotional, and academic functioning.
- Feedback session is scheduled after the one-on-one testing session, approximately 1-2 weeks after the evaluation to discuss the results of the evaluation and recommendations.
- Written report describing the results of the evaluation, any diagnoses, and recommendations is provided to the family.
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