What does a neuropsychological evaluation involve?
Neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive assessments of a person’s abilities. While evaluations are individually tailored to meet the needs of the client, skills assessed generally include the following: cognitive/thinking abilities, attentional and organizational skills, speech-language functioning, visual-spatial ability, learning and memory, and emotional and behavioral development.
What are common reasons for referral to a pediatric neuropsychologist?
Neuropsychologists see children for a wide variety of reasons. A neuropsychological evaluation can be particularly helpful when a child has already been evaluated through the school, but questions remain regarding the child’s learning style. There may be questions about whether the child has a learning disability and/or how else the child might be helped, if she/he continues to struggle with learning despite intervention received. In addition, neuropsychological evaluations can be particularly helpful when there is a medical concern, such as a seizure disorder or traumatic brain injury, which may be having an effect on the child’s learning, behavioral, and/or emotional development. Common referral questions for neuropsychological evaluations center on concerns around academic development (reading, math, writing), difficulties staying focused and getting work completed, inconsistent performance and struggles retaining what has been learned.
Please contact our office for scheduling and rate information. Out of network coverage for neuropsychological evaluations is variable and differs among individual insurance companies. Generally, if there is a medical or biologically-based concern that may be contributing to your child’s development and current functioning, insurance may cover the evaluation.