Parents of children with learning difficulties are often faced with the decision as to which type of evaluation will best meet the needs of their child.
As Paediatric Neuropsychologists, we are specially trained to evaluate brain-behaviour relationships in children and adolescents to determine the most effective intervention and management pathways.
A neuropsychological evaluation involves thorough investigation of a child’s developmental, medical, learning, social, and psychological history. A comprehensive assessment battery and standardized questionnaires are used to examine a broad range of abilities including intellectual, language, visuo-spatial, attention, memory, executive functioning, academic, psycho-social and adaptive functioning.
Neuropsychological evaluations clarify intellectual or learning difficulties diagnoses when appropriate. They also identify cognitive or psycho-social challenges which may be impacting on WHY a student experiences difficulties with learning (i.e., language, attentional memory or executive functioning challenges impacting on learning). With this understanding, remediation and accommodations strategies can be targeted accordingly.
It is important to seek out a Registered Neuropsychologist as this professional has completed a Ph.D. or D.Psych in Clinical Neuropsychology with intensive training and experience in assessment, diagnosis and case formulation . To ensure the Neuropsychologist you have chosen meets the highest standards of the profession, they should be a member of, or be qualified for full membership with the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Neuropsychologist (CCN). Refer to the CCN website for further information (https://groups.psychology.org.au/ccn/).