Changes in cognition (thought processing) and in behavior are often additional outcomes of brain disease or trauma. Children’s has dedicated neuropsychologists on staff to address your child’s mental and emotional needs through a variety of conditions, helping both your child and the entire family cope while successfully navigating treatment and rehabilitation.
Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that examines how the form and function of different parts of the brain relate to specific psychological disorders. Our specialists have special training in both psychology and neuropsychology and understand how the brain develops through various stages of childhood.
Treating your child’s needs early is the best way to ensure your child is able to live as normal a life as possible. Our experienced and caring team of doctors and volunteers work with your child to build confidence as he or she develops or recovers skills needed at home, school, and at play.
When neuropsychological assessment might be recommended
- Neurological disorders such as spina bifida, hydrocephaly, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurofibromatosis or a brain tumor
- Brain injury suspected from trauma, disease, lack of oxygen, medication or infection
- Premature birth
- Exposure to lead, street drugs or carbon monoxide
- Exposure to alcohol, smoking or certain drugs before birth
- Problems at school such as a learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or an autism spectrum disorder
Diagnosis & treatment
Neuropsychological testing may be recommended following an accident or surgery, or if your child spontaneously shows signs of emotional or cognitive changes. We take into account a full medical history as well as school records.
Our neuropsychological tests assess your child’s academic skills, aggression, attention, coordination, impulsiveness, intelligence (IQ), language, memory, planning, problem solving, processing speed, organization, social skills and vision. These tests are especially targeted to determine not only if there is a problem, but why.
Depending on the specifics of your child’s condition and your wishes, a variety of treatments may be recommended. Our neurosurgery specialists work with team members from the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center to offer specialized surgical care.
Treatment often involves medication and monitoring, as well as possible entrance into a related clinical trial. The origin of your child’s neuropsychological dysfunction and accompanying injury or disease may lead to a referral to another specialty area within neurosciences.
Children’s neuropsychologists and counseling professionals can help your child adjust to life changes that may arise from brain injury or disease. They also are key in monitoring changes in your child’s emotional and cognitive well-being that may result from injury or surgery.
Our psychologists work with a variety of other specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists (rehab physicians), pulmonologists, physical and occupational therapists, cardiologists, genetics counselors, orthopedic specialists, physician assistants, nurses, social workers and mobility experts.