A neuropsychological evaluation can help a child in multiple ways. The focus of the evaluation is to provide information for parents about why a child is struggling with regards to his or her academic achievement, social engagement, and/or emotional regulation. Parents will bring their children in for a neuropsychological evaluation when they have concerns about their performance in any of the above domains.
What is the goal of a neuropsychological evaluation?
The goal of the evaluation is to provide diagnostic clarification based upon a set of symptoms that the child exhibits. This information is attained through the following ways:
- Parental interview
- Parental and teacher report
- Behavioral observation
- The child’s performance on testing
Testing will help identify the child’s specific strengths and weaknesses which would lead to various treatment interventions and accommodations.
The evaluation should provide information about the child’s cognitive functioning, academic achievement, attentional regulation, visual processing, memory, and social-emotional regulation. With testing, the neuropsychologist would be able to ascertain a baseline level of functioning in the various domains.
What should parents expect to gain from this information?
Parents should expect advice and insight about the child’s performance in the home and school setting. The end result of the evaluation should be on providing parents with a specific diagnosis as well as what interventions in the home, school, and clinic may prove to be the most efficacious. In addition, the neuropsychologist should be able to help monitor the effectiveness of interventions by completing on-going re-evaluations to monitor areas of concern.