What is involved in a neuropsychological evaluation?


Parents meet with the neuropsychologist to answer questions about the child’s developmental and medical history, school performance, behavior, and socialization.

Specialized testing

Neuropsychological evaluations are uniquely powerful because of the specialized, validated test instruments and behavioral observations used and interpreted by the neuropsychologist. Neuropsychological tests assess a broad range of domains:
  • General intellectual ability
  • Academic achievement, such as reading, writing, and math skills
  • Social and emotional functioning
  • Personality and mood
  • Learning and memory
  • Speech and language skills
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Gross and fine motor coordination
  • Attentional processes
  • Executive functions, such as planning, cognitive flexibility, inhibition, and ability to follow instructions.

The typical pediatric evaluation involves 2 days (5-6 hours each) of one-on-one testing with your child. The length of the evaluation may vary depending on the needs of your child.


With your permission, the neuropsychologist will consult with 2-3 other professionals who are familiar with your child in order to gain the most complete understanding of your child.

Interpretation of results

The neuropsychologist analyzes and integrates all of the information. Your child’s performance is compared to other children of the same age and grade, and is contrasted with your child’s abilities in other areas. Parents join the neuropsychologist for a feedback meeting to discuss the results.

Report and recommendations

Neuropsychological reports are thorough, descriptive, and action-oriented. They include both detailed study results and summaries understandable and useful to a variety of audiences. The treatment plan is tailored to your child, and includes interventions that have been shown to be effective as well as specific steps and resources needed for successful implementation and progress measurement. In addition, you will be given a list of helpful resources (e.g., books, articles, and websites) specific to your child’s developmental profile.

Referrals to other professionals

If appropriate, your child will be referred to other specialists who will gather additional information or provide treatment. Your child, for example, may be referred to a pediatric psychiatrist for a medication evaluation, to a child psychologist for therapy, or to an education specialist for state-of-the-art interventions.



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