Pediatric Neuropsychology Evaluations

Pediatric Neuropsychology Evaluations - What should parents know?

Parents wouldn’t be parents if they weren’t concerned with what was best for their child. Taking the first steps to having those concerns addressed comprehensively, and then getting a real roadmap for how to best help your child brings tremendous relief. Pediatric neuropsychology evaluations provide just that. After getting a full evaluation, you will start to see your child beginning to thrive, making the time and effort spent to receive help worth it. More importantly, however, is the relief that the children we work with so often feel as they become happier and more able to live up to their potential.

Parents should consider having their child undergo a neuropsychological evaluation for several important reasons.

Neuropsychological evaluations provide valuable insights into a child’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning, which can have far-reaching implications for their development, education, and overall well-being. Moreover, a pediatric neuropsychology evaluation can identify learning challenges, developmental delays, assist in educational planning, give opportunity for early intervention, increase parental understanding, and guide treatment.

Our unique, holistic approach considers the parents’ concerns, alongside the child’s medical history, their emotional (feeling) and cognitive (thinking) abilities, as well as the family structure. Most importantly, our approach is designed to be as kid-friendly as possible. We learned long ago that comfortable, relaxed kids provide the most useful data when they are being tested.

When to Have a Pediatric Neuropsychology Evaluation

Maybe your child’s teacher has expressed some concerns, or your physician has recommended a neuropsychological assessment. Maybe someone is recommending medications and you are wondering if this is the right path. Because we specialize in complex cases where there have been multiple conflicting diagnoses, or when misdiagnosis is suspected, we are uniquely able to provide guidance and answer questions such as:
  • Is my child’s diagnosis correct?
  • How do I know if my child has ADHD?
  • Does my child suffer from Autism?
  • How can I help my child with their Anxiety?
  • Why is my child really having trouble in school?
  • Did that head injury hurt my child’s brain?
  • Why does my child always behave like this?
  • What support would my child benefit from?

Getting early help for your child is essential.

A pediatric neuropsychological evaluation can assist parents in advocating for their child’s needs in a variety of settings including their education and medical treatment. Having difficulty with attention or schoolwork can hurt children’s confidence and impact their academic and professional future. Our testing and recommendations are designed to help you and your child understand and overcome adjustment and learning difficulties. Because a child’s brain changes quickly, the sooner we can understand how their brain is working, the better their chances are of overcoming difficulties.

We are well acquainted with writing evaluations to be used in IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings at a child’s school. These evaluations identify the accommodations your child needs from the school in order to succeed. School districts generally conduct less thorough “Psychoeducational Assessments,” which often ignore the important connection between your child’s brain and their school performance.

So, how do you decide whether to bring your child in to see us?

The bottom line is understanding. You can get a diagnosis from invaluable insights that guide parents, educators, and therapists in supporting a child’s growth and development. Early detection, accurate diagnosis, and tailored interventions are all facilitated by this assessment, ultimately improving the child’s quality of life and future prospects.