Pediatric Neuropsychology

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology (AAPdN), a Pediatric Neuropsychologist is a doctoral-level, licensed health service provider of neuropsychological diagnostic and intervention services who applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of developmental theory and behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the developing central nervous system. Pediatric Neuropsychologists demonstrate competence in the application of these principles to settings where children live, work, learn and play.

How do I know if my child needs a Pediatric Neuropsychologist?

  • A developmental or school problem such as a learning disability, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or autism spectrum disorder.
  • Had an evaluation by a psychologist or the school, but the treatment following that evaluation has not helped.
  • A neurological disorder such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor.
  • A brain injury from a trauma to the head, stroke, lack of oxygen, or an infection.
  • Other medical problems such as prematurity, diabetes, chronic heart or breathing problems, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer.
  • Help make or confirm a diagnosis.
  • Get a record of your child’s functioning before treatment with medicine or surgery.
  • Record a change in your child after a medical treatment (testing can be repeated to see if the treatment changed your child’s functioning).
  • Record your child’s development treatments and expectations can be adjusted to your child’s needs.

Your physician may recommend a neuropsychological assessment to:

  • Help make or confirm a diagnosis.
  • Get a record of your child’s functioning before treatment with medicine or surgery.
  • Record a change in your child after a medical treatment (testing can be repeated to see if the treatment changed your child’s functioning).
  • Record your child’s development treatments and expectations can be adjusted to your child’s needs.

*American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology