Sometimes referred to as “psycho-educational assessment”, neuropsychological assessment is typically recommended when a child, adolescent, or adult is suspected of having impairment in one or more domains of psychological, emotional, or behavioral functioning due to an underlying learning, medical, or psychiatric condition.
It is typically administered via a “battery approach,” which involves a series of individually administered tests and rating scales that provide insight into an individual’s functioning. Typically, cognitive/intellectual functioning, executive functioning, academic ability, attention, language, memory, visuospatial processing, fine motor abilities, and behavioral functioning are assessed. Neuropsychological evaluation is the most frequently requested, or required, type of assessment.
THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
The aim of the testing process is to obtain comprehensive information regarding your child’s functioning. Data is collected through interview, observation, and the administration of various cognitive, academic, neuropsychological, and socio-emotional measures.
For neuropsychological / psycho-educational evaluations, the assessment process begins with an intake session, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. At the intake session, parents are encouraged to share records of their child’s academic progress, including teacher reports, previous testing, or any other information related to the referral concern. Following the intake session, the evaluator will meet with your child to begin testing. Testing generally occurs over two or three sessions, lasting approximately two to four hours in length. If you wish for your evaluator to complete a school observation, this will take place prior to beginning testing. This is done so that the evaluator can anonymously observe your child in their natural school environment and obtain more accurate results. Occasionally, there are times where parents wish to have their child assessed without the school being involved in the process. Please let us know if this is your preference.
Once testing has been completed, the evaluator will write a comprehensive report that outlines the results of testing, as well as diagnostic impressions, recommendations, and next steps. The assessment findings are shared with you at a feedback session, where you will meet with the evaluator to go over the results of the report and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Typically, the testing process takes four to six weeks to complete; however, we are able to provide more immediate results at a preliminary feedback session, which is held about a week after testing is completed. At the preliminary feedback session, your evaluator will provide you with a summary of the scores and findings from the assessment, and discuss diagnoses and recommendations. You will then receive the final report shortly after.
Our evaluators all have specialized training and experience navigating the special education processes at schools, and can also guide you through the accommodations process for standardized testing.