Children experiencing challenges in the areas of learning, attention, behavior, socialization or emotional control have a partner in the neuropsychology consultants at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Evaluations are typically appropriate for children ages 2 to 18 and can help identify difficulties from a disease, congenital developmental disorder or brain injury (from an accident, birth trauma or other physical stress).
Assessment areas include:
- Achievement skills, such as reading and math
- Behavioral and emotional functioning
- Executive skills, such as organization, planning, inhibition and flexibility
- General intellect
- Learning and memory
- Motor coordination
- Social skills
- Visual-spatial skills
Common conditions include:
- Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Brain injury from trauma
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- Neurological conditions
How does a neuropsychological evaluation differ from a school psychological assessment?
School assessments are usually performed to determine if a child qualifies for special education programs or therapies to enhance school performance. They focus on achievement and skills needed for academic success. Generally, they do not diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development.