Child Neuropsychology or Paediatric Neuropsychology is a specialist field of clinical neuropsychology which studies the relationship between brain health and behaviour in children. A child neuropsychological assessment is often recommended when there has been a concern about a child’s learning, behaviour or emotional control.
A Child Neuropsychological assessment looks at a child’s cognitive abilities to get a profile of their strength’s and weaknesses.The assessment will be personalised to the individual’s needs and developmental level. A variety of methods and sources are used to gather information to guide intervention and planning. Neuropsychological assessments usually include the following: developmental, family, and medical histories, a review of previous evaluations, school records and formal testing.
Formal testing includes areas such as:
It can take between 2-5 face-to-face sessions to complete a neuropsychological assessment. Further time is then needed to evaluate the test results, write a comprehensive report and consider specific recommendations based upon the results. Once the report has been written you will have a feedback session to go over the assessment, ask any questions and agree the next steps.
Following the assessment you will have the opportunity to request therapeutic sessions to help you to understand more about your child’s cognitive difficulties. This can be done on a one to one basis, or include family members and carers. This will enable you to:
Please note that we are unable provide a diagnosis for Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Attention Deficit Disorders, this would require the input of a full multi disciplinary team. However, we can provide support to families and individuals who have already had this diagnosis and are looking for help in more effectively managing these disorders. It can also be helpful for those who are undiagnosed but would like more information to help in understanding their child’s specific difficulties. If you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or book in for a telephone consultation with our triage nurse.
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