How can neuropsychology help my child?

Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the brain and human behavior. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in how brain functions and systems affect learning, behavior, and child development. Neuropsychologists at Boswell Neuropsychology have extensive graduate training in neuroscience and have completed a rigorous 2-year postdoctoral fellowship (i.e, clinical residency) in neuropsychology.

Brain function is assessed indirectly using formal neurocognitive tests in a child-friendly environment. Children are given written tasks, computer exercises, puzzles, and play activities.

A neuropsychological evaluation can answer important questions:

  • Why does my child excel in some areas and have difficulty in others?
  • Does my child have a learning disability?
  • Does my child have an attention disorder (ADD/ADHD)?
    - What does this mean and what are the treatment options?
  • Is my child in the right school or classroom to provide the maximal opportunities for learning?
  • Does my child require a special curriculum or accommodations at school?
  • Is my child ready for kindergarten?
  • Is my child gifted?

To answer these questions, a pediatric neuropsychologist reviews medical and academic records; conducts interviews with the parents and the child; observes and interacts with the child; consults with other professionals familiar with the child; administers a comprehensive battery of tests; and interprets the data.

The result is diagnostic clarity and a treatment plan tailored to your child. This information is discussed with parents at a feedback meeting and is detailed in a written report.

The report includes specific, individualized recommendations that have been shown to be effective for similar children. Interventions can be implemented in concert with existing professionals (e.g., educators, psychologists, physicians) and with referrals and new resources introduced by the neuropsychologist.



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