In general, neuropsychologists evaluate the connections between brain functioning and behavior. Pediatric neuropsychological assessments take a holistic view of the child's development by examining cognitive thinking patterns, the ability to acquire new skills, executive functioning, behavior, adaptive growth, and social-emotional functioning. This is accomplished through the use of a variety of standardized tests and clinical interviews. I work directly with your child, in addition to talking to you, teachers, and doctors/other providers. For very young children with social concerns, assessment of play and interpersonal interactions are an essential aspect of the evaluation. This thorough evaluation allows us to fully understand your child's own unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses, thus allowing for tailored recommendations.
Combining an academic evaluation with neuropsychological assessment helps the neuorpsychologist understand academic performance as an outcome of other neurocognitive processes, such as attention, executive skills, language, spatial skills, memory, reasoning and emotional processing. This complete assessment therefore goes beyond a child’s academic achievement to reveal how his or her overall neurocognitive profile may impact performance as well as the ability to cope with academic demands. In this way, I can more accurately diagnose a neurodevelopmental disorder, provide more meaningful and specific input about learning style, and create targeted treatment recommendations.