According to the American Academy of Neuropsychology (AACN), a neuropsychological evaluation different from a psychoeducational evaluation because the psychoeducational evaluation looks at if there is a challenge with a basic academic skill, whereas the neuropsychological evaluation can provide information as to why there is a challenge. The neuropsychological evaluation is a more comprehensive evaluation that assesses functional skills of the brain that may be affected by brain injury, developmental problems, and medical issues. The neuropsychological evaluation can help to identify how a child learns and how challenges may be affecting the child in school, at home, and with peers by assessing a broader range of skills, as well as defining whether the expectations of the child is meeting their specific strengths and weaknesses. Skills assessed in a neuropsychological evaluation are often tailored to the referral concern, but generally include an assessment of cognitive, achievement, language, visual/motor, perceptual, learning/memory, attention, executive functioning, and social emotional skills, whereas a psychoeducational evaluation typically includes an assessment of cognitive, achievement, and social emotional skills.
Our comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment assesses across 7 major areas, including:
- Cognitive skills
- Visual / Motor
- Learning / Memory
- Attention / Executive Functioning
- Social Emotional skills
Some common conditions we see in our office include:
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Developmental Social Disorders
- Secondary effects of Developmental Disabilities
- Secondary effects of Brain Injuries
- and related Special Needs
We provide our Neuropsychological Assessment services to children as young as preschool and as old as college aged, and Dr. Catherine O’Sullivan also provides Autism Diagnostic evaluations.