What is Child Neuropsychology?

Child Neuropsychology or Paediatric Neuropsychology is a specialist field of clinical neuropsychology which studies the relationship between brain health and behaviour in children. Neuropsychological deficits can and do result from an acquired brain injury, or illness affecting the brain such as meningitis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury (TBI), following a road traffic accident for example. A paediatric neuropsychological assessment assesses a child’s thinking, behaviour and problem solving skills to get a sense of the child abilities. This can be used to inform clinical treatment of normal and abnormal child development, neurological conditions or psychological problems. Paediatric neuropsychologists can identify issues in these areas:

  • Sensory and motor skills
  • Attention and focus
  • Language skills
  • Working memory
  • Visual-spatial processing
  • Personality changes out of keeping with the child’s typical profile
  • Academic skills, such as reading or math

Consequences of these can and do impact upon learning and performance in school, and result in stress in the home as families try to manage and cope with the difficulties. Children can also become depressed coming to terms with their difficulties and the impact this may have on their quality of life.

What are the benefits?

Neuropsychological assessment is designed to provide insight into how a child:

  • Solves problems
  • Can remember information both in the short and long-term
  • Uses and understands language
  • Processes information both visually and orally
  • Is able to use cognitive ability in a flexible manner

From here specifically targeted and realistic interventions and advice can be tailored to the child’s neuro-rehabilitation and mental health needs. Child Neuropsychologists are on the Specialist Register of Neuropsychologists held by the Division of Neuropsychology.


What issues can it help with?

A child neurological assessment is a specialist assessment that can help to identify particular disorders in children that maybe impacting upon their development. These issues include:

  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury (this may be from birth or an accident or illness later in life)
  • A disease or genetic condition that affects the brain


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