Our Pediatric Neuropsychology division evaluates brain functioning in children and adolescents. We measure patients relative to expectations for children their age, as well as their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Neuropsychological assessment examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain functions, like remembering (unlike CT or MRI scans, which show what the structure of the brain looks like). Our team interprets the test results and uses them to diagnose problems and develop a treatment plan.
This kind of assessment helps physicians diagnose a condition and establish a performance baseline. It can also help parents or teachers understand a child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Neuropsychological assessment is helpful when learning, attention, or behavior problems are present in the context of:
- A known or suspected brain insult
- A history of genetic disorders or neurodevelopmental disorders that may impact brain development
- Medical problems such as diabetes, seizures, chronic heart or respiratory problems, and chemotherapy/radiotherapy for malignancies that may impact the brain development and functioning
- Exposure to neurotoxins such as lead, street drugs, inhalants or prenatal exposure to street drugs or alcohol
- Failure to respond to what appear to be appropriate interventions
- A gradual or sudden unexplained change in a child's usual functioning