Every child experiencing school problems or behavior problems does not need a neuropsychological assessment. Neuropsychological assessment can help if your child has:○
♦ A neurological condition such as hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor.○
♦ A brain injury as a result of an accident, a stroke, or an infection of the brain.○
♦ Other medical problems that place him/her at an increased risk of brain injury such as diabetes, chronicheart or respiratory problems, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer○
♦ Been exposed to toxins such as lead, street drugs, inhalants or was exposed to these substances or to alcohol prior to birth.○
♦ Had an assessment by a clinical psychologist or the school multi-disciplinary team, but interventions resulting from that assessment failed to help your child.Your physician may recommend a neuropsychological assessment to:○
♦ Assist in establishment of a diagnosis○
♦ Document your child’s current skills prior to a planned medical intervention such as a change in medications, a surgical treatment or treatment for cancer. After the medical intervention, testing can repeated to determine if the treatment has had an effect on his/her continued development of skills. Your physician may refer to this process as “baseline testing.”○
♦ Document you child’s cognitive developmental pattern over time so that medical treatments, family expectations, and school programming can be adjusted to your child’s changing needs.How will neuropsychological assessment help my child and me?
The neuropsychological assessment and report will provide you with:
♦ A description of your child’s strengths and weaknesses○
♦ Suggestions for what you can do to help your child.○
♦ Recommendations for educational programming. This will include suggestions to help your child improve weak skills and suggestions on how to use your child’s strong skills to get around problems created by the weak skills.○
♦ Help in knowing what is fair to expect from your child at this point in time○
♦ Help in knowing what your child’s needs may be in the future, so that you can plan for the future.○
♦ Suggestions for improving your child’s behavior. In addition, the pediatric neuropsychologist may refer you to a clinical psychologist or social worker for ongoing help with your child’s behavior.