Why Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Neuropsychological assessment is broad in scope and includes memory, attention, language, and intelligence in addition to executive and academic functions. It provides a thorough and detailed description of a child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and is an essential tool for predicting academic and other adaptive outcomes.
Neuropsychological assessment also can play a critical role in clarifying the etiology of a child's adaptive difficulties. Additionally, neuropsychological assessment can help to resolve diagnostic uncertainties.
Neuropsychological assessment needs to be considered when children display learning difficulties, behavior problems, or other adaptive failures that are suspected of having a biological basis. It is also indicated when children have medical or neurological issues that are likely to affect their academic and adaptive functioning.
Neuropsychological assessment is also likely to be useful for children with developmental or psychiatric concerns who warrant more in-depth assessment than that afforded by traditional psychological testing.