Neuropsychology is a subspecialty of clinical psychology that specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury or disease. It aims to understand how the brain’s function and structure are related to various psychological processes.
Conditions treated and common reasons for referral
The neuropsychology program provides comprehensive outpatient evaluation and testing for children with problems resulting from many conditions.
Common reasons physicians refer children to the neuropsychology program include:
- Children who have suffered a recent or past brain injury from a sports injury, an accident, birth trauma or other neurological condition, resulting in difficulty with school functioning and peer development
- Diagnostic clarification regarding learning, attention, behavior or socialization problems
- Children struggling with social and communication skills or behaving differently from his or her peers
- Children who continue to struggle in school despite parents’ and teachers’ best efforts
After the evaluation
Neuropsychological evaluations help us better understand the child’s thinking and processing skills. They allow us to develop a strengths and weaknesses profile and recommendations for treatment. After the evaluation, care providers can expect:
- A better understanding of the child’s behavior and learning style, with specific insight in maximizing the child’s success and providing support for areas of weakness
- The findings and recommendations to be conveyed directly to the parents or caregivers, allowing them time to ask questions and understand the results
- A detailed, written report with personalized recommendations for parents, teachers, therapists and the primary care physician
- An opportunity to have the child re-evaluated in the future should there be changes in academic, behavioral or medical status, and to update treatment strategies and recommendations if necessary