What Is Pediatric Neuropsychological Testing?
Neuropsychologists are psychologists who have specialized training in brain anatomy, neuropathology, brain-behavior relationships and the evaluation of brain-based abilities. In the pediatric patient population, neuropsychologists are specially-trained to evaluate learning and behavior relevant to brain development. Standardized tests are used that measure a wide range of mental abilities based on various areas of the brain and their interconnections. Following testing, pediatric neuropsychologists review and analyze the results and generate a report that outlines a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses while providing resources that will be applicable to each individual case.
Patients We Treat:
- Patients must be medically stable and without grossly impaired vision or hearing.
- Patients must be 3 – 17 years of age.
- Patients who possibly exhibit the following conditions below
Conditions We Treat
Developmental or School Problems
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Pervasive developmental disorder
- Learning disorders
- Street drugs
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bi da
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Brain tumors
- Certain drugs
Other Medical Conditions
- Chronic heart/breathing problems
- Genetic disorders
- Cancer treatment
- Head trauma
- Lack of oxygen
Welcome to the Pediatric Neuropsychology service at Physician Partners - Neurology Specialists. We are committed to providing the best healthcare possible and here to answer any questions you may have during your child’s evaluation process.
Let’s be prepared
- Healthy sleep the night before testing is important; please reschedule if your child falls ill.
- Remember to bring your child’s glasses, hearing aids, and/or other assistive devices.
- Bring comfort items such as your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal, action figure, etc.
- Administer or bring your child’s regularly scheduled medications.
- Plan for a full day of testing (i.e., bring snacks, lunch, and/or cafeteria money) on your initial appointment day.
Let’s be punctual
- Arrive at Suite 504, at least 15 minutes prior to all appointments, for check-in (directions enclosed).
- The parent/guardian will be interviewed for approximately 60 minutes at the outset of the rst appointment.
Let’s embrace flexibility
- Children younger than 12 years are typically scheduled for two separate “half-day” sessions, held one week apart.
- Those 12 years and up are typically seen for one “full day” session (6-7 hours) with a lunch break.
- Many tests are administered by technicians, under the direct supervision of Dr. Turpin.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to all appointments.
- Please do not bring your child’s siblings to the initial appointment unless another adult is present for childcare the first 1-2 hours.
- Complete the Pediatric Neuropsychology Questionnaire (may take 20-30 minutes) before your initial appointment; incomplete questionnaires will delay your appointment time or result in rescheduling.
- Return from breaks within the time allotted (usually 5-10 minutes).
- Return from lunch within the time allotted (usually 30-50 minutes).
- Late arrival to any appointments may result in rescheduling.
- Results are typically provided in a feedback session, held 2 weeks after the last day of testing.
- A written report (results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations) is typically made available within 30 business days of the feedback session.