What is a Neuropsychological evaluation?

A Neuropsychological evaluation is a systematic assessment of brain-behavior relationships. The areas of functioning that are evaluated include attention, executive functions, learning, memory, language, visuospatial, and sensory-motor processes, as well as social-emotional functioning and achievement. These evaluations are based upon the highest scientific integrity, and the administration of these assessments requires highly specialized training and expertise. A Neuropsychological assessment is not a panacea or a cure all; however, it is the best clinical and scientific methodology for identifying and characterizing neurocognitive processes, achievement, and adaptation of problems.

Why is pediatric neuropsychological evaluation necessary?

A thorough evaluation that examines the aforementioned areas of functioning is essential in formulating an accurate diagnosis and creating an intervention plan for the home and classroom setting. Problems with attention, learning and memory, planning and organization, problem-solving, and task completion directly impact a child’s performance in the classroom setting. Thus, the results of this type of assessment will not only identify how well a child reads, spells, completes math, pays attention, etc. compared to his peers but also provides some insight into why and how this will play out in the classroom.