What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
Neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive assessments of the student's brain functioning through the use of a diagnostic interview, behavioral observations, and neuropsychological testing.
Neuropsychological tests are designed to :
- Identify students' cognitive strengths, weaknesses and most effective learning style
- Provide clarification when professionals are puzzled about a diagnosis
- Determine possible contributing factors to sudden changes in cognitive, academic, or emotional functioning
- Address the adverse impact of cognitive difficulties in work, school, personal, and social environments
- Measure changes in cognitive status over time
Who might benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation?
- Are working as hard as they can at home, but are still underachieving at school
- Have been evaluated by schools as having average achievement, but struggle with homework
- Exhibit delays in social skills and are not receiving services at school
- Students in the Response to Intervention Process who are not performing as well as they should
How long is the evaluation, and what should I bring?
The time required depends on the child’s age and problem, but usually the evaluation is four to six hours. Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep before the testing.
What to bring:
- If your child wears glasses or uses a hearing aid or any other device, make sure to bring them.
- If the student is taking medication, please have him/her take it on the day of testing.
- Please bring all previous school testing, an individual educational plan (IEP), and report cards if possible.
- Please either bring medical records, or sign a release for Dr. Toby to talk to your/your child's doctor.
- There is water available to the student but no other refreshments, so if the student usually has a snack during that time, a snack should be brought to the evaluation.
What should I tell my child about the evaluation?
The best explanation is simple and brief, and is related to the student's own wording, such as, "Remenber you said you had trouble reading/following directions/with feeling sad, etc. That's what this is for, to help you with that."
Reassure the student/child that testing involves no “shots.”
Students of all ages often find the neuropsychological evaluation to be fun and interesting.
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