Frequently Asked Questions What is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist? Pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists who received specialized training in brain-behavior relationships. In addition to the doctorate program, predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs provide additional training. Pediatricneuropsychologists specialize in working with children. What is a Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation? Neuropsychologists use direct one-on-one testing that includes both paper-and-pencil and computerized tests to understand how your child processes information and executes tasks based on how that information has been processed. Using a brain-behavior model, neuropsychologists use the results to help understand the how the child is functioning using strengths and weaknesses revealed by the evaluation.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs a Neuropsychological Evaluation? If your child has had an evaluation that has not sufficiently addressed questions regarding your child’s learning If your child presents with a variety of difficulties that are complex and more broad-based than being able to be addressed with a psycho-educational evaluation If your child is demonstrating brain-based related difficulties, including dyslexia, AD/HD, or other executive-related issues that has not been adequately treated Your child’s problems are not improving despite having an evaluation or diagnosis by the school or privately
What happens during the process of a Neuropsychological Evaluation? The first step in an evaluation is a phone call to Dr. Kelly where your concerns are shared and to help determine if a neuropsychological evaluation is warranted. Once agreed to move forward, neuropsychological testing is scheduled on one or two days of direct testing following a one-hour clinical intake with parent. Testing will take place on a one-to-one basis, with a flexible and comfortable schedule to allow for breaks and snacks.
How d0 I get results? A meeting typically occurs two weeks after all information is obtained, including school observation or rating scales when appropriate. All results will be reviewed visually on a board to help the parent understand how your child learns information compared to self as well as other same-age peers. An intervention plan will be discussed on how to move forward based on all of the information, including both school and home recommendations.