Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment
Pediatric neuropsychology is the study and understanding of brain-behavior relationships specifically in children. Pediatric Neuropsychological assessment involves in-depth interview with caregivers, comprehensive standardized testing, consultation with school staff as needed, and feedback regarding results and recommendations. Pediatric neuropsychological assessment can help identify neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, learning disabilities, language disorders, and motor disorders. It can also help identify the functional effects of known or suspected brain injury or other neurological disorders.
Evaluating suspected dementia requires an interdisciplinary team approach and includes consideration of patient history, physical examination, functional assessment, cognitive testing, laboratory studies, and imaging studies.
Neuropsychological evaluation for dementia includes communication with relevant health care providers, such as neurologists and primary care physicians; thorough clinical interview with patient and/or caregivers; and standardized testing of cognitive functioning in numerous domains including memory, attention, perceptual and motor skills, language, visuospatial abilities, reasoning, and executive functions. In some circumstances, evaluation of mood may also be indicated.
Results of evaluation are always discussed in detail with each patient and his or her caregivers, and consultation with involved medical professionals is also a standard aspect of care.
Forensic evaluation and consultation involves provision of neuropsychological assessment and/or records review within the context of a legal case. Expert opinion can be offered in civil, criminal, adult, and juvenile cases.
Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
Neuropsychology is the study and understanding of brain-behavior relationships. Neuropsychological assessment involves in-depth history interview, and testing of cognitive functions such as language, motor abilities, attention, memory, and executive functions. Assessment always involves thorough review of results and recommendations, individualized to specific patient needs.
A psychoeducational evaluation is used to determine a student’s educational strengths and weaknesses. Psychoeducational assessment includes evaluation of intelligence and academic functioning across areas including phonological awareness, word reading, passage reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, written expression, math calculation, and math fluency. Results can help determine appropriate educational placement, and may also aid in identifying possible learning disorders such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and disorders of written expression.
Gifted IQ Testing
Children with very high intellect often have difficulty learning within a traditional educational environment. They may complain of boredom, lack engagement in learning, or develop behavioral and social difficulties. Gifted IQ testing is used to identify intellectual giftedness. Evaluators can also provide guidance regarding appropriate educational placement. Gifted testing is completed using Arizona state-approved tests for identifying intellectual giftedness.
Psychodiagnostic evaluation is an extended evaluation that includes thorough clinical interview, standardized testing of personality or symptomatology and, with children, two to three sessions of play therapy interaction. Psychodiagnostic evaluation is used to identify a range of psychological and personality disorders, and may also be used to help individuals increase self-understanding.
Personality Assessment involves the use of clinical interview and empirically supported measures of personality traits and styles. Personality assessment can help refine clinical diagnoses, structure and inform psychological interventions, and increase the accuracy of behavioral prediction in a variety of contexts and settings. Personality assessment can be provided as a singular assessment, or as part of a more comprehensive assessment and intervention process.