FAQ’s for child services
What happens in a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a carefully planned examination of thinking, behavior, and social-emotional functioning. Using non-invasive standardized tests and procedures the neuropsychologist examines how well an individual can respond to questions, problem-solve, and perform paper-and-pencil tasks, hands-on activities, and, sometimes, computerized tasks. Neuropsychological evaluations typically include tests that measure: intellectual functioning (IQ), academic achievement, language; visual spatial, perceptual, and constructional skills; attention; executive functioning; learning and memory; sensory-perceptual skills; motor skills; and social-emotional and behavioral functioning. In addition to working directly with the child and family, the neuropsychologist may with parental permission consult with the child’s teachers and physicians.
How is a neuropsychological evaluation different from a school evaluation?
Pediatric neuropsychologists and school psychologists may administer similar tests. However, school evaluations focus on IF a child has a problem with academic skills and neuropsychological evaluations focus on understanding WHY a child is having a problem in school or at home. This is accomplished by examining academic skills and the cognitive skills necessary to perform well in and out of school (e.g., attention, memory, problem-solving). Understanding the child’s strengths as well as weaknesses helps determine the most appropriate school plans and the need for any treatment. Potential areas of future difficulty are identified.
What should I tell my child about the evaluation?
What you tell your child about the evaluation depends on how much he or she can understand. Be simple and brief and relate your explanation to a problem that your child knows about such as “trouble with reading,” “problems following directions,” or “feeling sad.” Reassure your child that testing does not involve “shots” or other invasive procedures. Explain to your child that you are trying to understand his or her problem to make things better. You may also tell your child that “nobody gets every question right” and that the important thing is to “try your best.”
I and/or my child’s teacher notice(s) that they have been distracted at school, daydreaming, and/or disrupting the class.
A comprehensive evaluation to rule out possible ADHD and/or a learning disability can help your child’s learning and future. Sometimes a child who has a learning disability can look like they are inattentive, and a child with ADHD may have grades that are suffering. A proper diagnosis will help you and your child obtain the treatment services they need in order to thrive in school.
What types of recommendations can I expect following an evaluation?
A formal diagnosis will help provide appropriate treatment plans. Recommendations may include medication, therapies (psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc),tutoring, and individualized classroom accommodations with specific 504 Accommodation Plan or IEP recommendations for you to provide to your child’s school.
What types of treatment does your office offer for children?
Once a diagnosis is determined, behavioral intervention with one of our providers is often recommended. This may include individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral treatment. Treatment often is focused on teaching children better ways of managing their emotions and behaviors. Parents are involved in their child’s treatment and parenting strategies are addressed. We also offer social skills training for children.