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