Neuropsychological and Clinical Services
of the Northampton Area
Frequently Asked Questions
Services for Children and Adolescents (ages 3 to 16 years, 11 months)
Why are children referred for Neuropsychological Evaluations?
Children or adolescents are referred by pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, teachers, psychologists and other mental health professionals due to a wide array of concerns such as problems with learning, psychological or behavioral problems, difficulties with attention, social functioning, after brain injury or due to the presence of an inborn or acquired medical condition that may potentially affect brain functions.
What can the results tell me about my child?
The goal of the neuropsychological evaluation is first to provide a comprehensive description and an understanding of the child's /adolescent's level of functioning in areas such as general intellect, attention, executive skills, - organization, planning, inhibition, - learning and memory, language , visual-spatial skills , motor coordination, social skills, behavioral and emotional functioning and academic skills. Secondly, the goal of the pediatric neuropsychological evaluation is to provide an explanation about the interaction among these areas and the relative role and contribution played by each of these areas on the child overall functioning. The results provide a profile of abilities that are useful in identifying the child's/adolescent's disorder and the brain networks that are involved. Results also provide a pattern of strengths and weaknesses that guides in designing interventions. Testing provides a diagnosis that helps detecting the effect of developmental, neurological, and medical problems such as dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or epilepsy among other conditions that can affect the trajectory of normal neurodevelopment. The results of the also provide baseline information about the childs' adolescent's functioning to measure and monitor changes across development and adequacy of interventions. Most importantly, the results will provide a better understanding of the child's /adolescent's behavior at home, at school , and in the community that can be used to assist and guide them toward reaching their highest potential.
Why have you been referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Your doctor, healthcare provider or your child's teacher, has recommended a neuropsychological evaluation. The evaluation may help to:
What will happen after the evaluation?
We will offer to schedule an appointment to go over the test results with you. With your consent, results may also be sent to the doctor or healthcare provider who referred you. We may provide specific recommendations to guide your treatment or otherwise help you in your daily life.