Child, Adolescent and Adult Neuropsychology
What is a neuropsychological assessment?
This series of tests and procedures is part of the standard diagnostic workup for many neurological conditions. Other tests your doctor orders, like CT or MRI, allow your doctor to view the structure of your brain. Neuropsychological evaluation allows us to gather information about the performance of your brain. Results from the tests are used by your doctor to help diagnose problems, to plan your medical or surgical treatment, and to provide a baseline against which treatment progress can be measured. We also use the results to help you and your family manage problems you may be having, and to help you plan appropriately for the future.
What will happen during the evaluation?
The doctor will conduct a careful interview with the patient and with family members, who are an important source of information. The testing phase of the evaluation is conducted by a psychometrist who has specialized training in the administration of neuropsychological tests. You will be asked to answer questions, write a bit, perform calculations, solve problems, remember words and figures, copy designs, fill out questionnaires, and carry out other similar tasks.
Does it hurt?
No. There are no painful or invasive procedures.
How long will it take?
Because we thoroughly study many aspects of brain functioning, the evaluation can take several hours. We typically schedule a whole morning or afternoon for each patient. Certain evaluations can take a whole day or more. Your evaluation will be scheduled for a half-day unless we tell you otherwise.
Do I need to bring anything?
Dress comfortably and bring reading glasses if you use them. As our office can sometimes get chilly, a sweater might be a good idea.
What about medications and food?
No restrictions. Take your normal medications and eat normally. If you are coming for an evaluation before Parkinson Disease surgery, try to time your medication so you are “on” during the procedure.
What do you do with the information you collect?
With your permission, a detailed report will be sent to the doctor who referred you for evaluation and to other doctors whom you wish to receive results. After the evaluation results are analyzed, your doctor will meet with you and your family to discuss the findings.
Child Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsych Associates provides evaluations for children of all ages. Our neuropsychologists use up-to-date standard measures to develop a detailed profile of learning strengths and weaknesses.
Our goal is to understand how your child learns best and to gain insight into how he processes information and handles tasks compared to other children of the same age.
We carefully review your child’s skills and abilities in many domains, including intellectual functioning and reasoning abilities, learning and memory, visual processing, listening comprehension and verbal expression, and executive skills like planning, organizing, and managing time and materials, attention, and concentration. These are the skills and abilities that are at the core of academic achievement.
We administer reading, math and writing tests to see what school skills your child has mastered. We carefully observe how he approaches each task and we look at his patterns of performance to see if a learning disability affects his ability to demonstrate what he knows. We don’t give every child the same tests, but rather use our assessment tools to develop a profile of each child’s individual learning strengths and weaknesses.
During our evaluation process, we also consider how your child is doing emotionally and how he is interacting with family members, friends, and classmates.
After the evaluation and feedback are complete, we stay in touch with families to help them implement our recommendations. For children with learning disabilities, we can offer ongoing support. We also work closely with a dedicated group of learning specialists, anxiety specialists, behavioral therapists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists who are on-site and available to provide additional services and treatment as needed.
Sports Concussion/ImPACT Testing
Why is it important to manage a sports concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that can affect all aspects of life, including school performance and sports. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates as many as 3.8 million concussions that happen each year in the United States are sports- and recreation event related. Almost half of these injuries go undiagnosed. Most concussions will resolve on their own, but require early identification, careful evaluation, and specialized management.
If your child returns to play before the brain heals from the original concussion, any additional bump or blow can cause more damage. This can result in symptoms lasting longer, permanent mental and physical disabilities or even death. Neuropsych Associates has the specialized training and expertise needed to evaluate your child’s concussion and develop a treatment plan to safely help your child return to play.
How will Neuropsych Associates meet my child’s needs?
We will create an individual care plan to help your young athlete recover safely from their injury so that they can return to their regular activities, including school, sports, and other physical activities.
We will work with teachers and schools to help your student manage schoolwork. Concussions may impact your child’s ability to complete tasks that were once normal before.
Concussions can have complex effects on your child’s brain. Neuropsych Associates can help your child after their concussion by studying how your child behaves, learns, remembers, and thinks. Neuropsychologists use special testing to help diagnose problems. Their diagnosis helps guide decisions about return to play. Our neuropsychologists also work with our doctors and your school to create plans that make sure schoolwork and grades do not suffer as your child recovers from their sports concussion.