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When should I consider a neuropsychological evaluation for my child?

A Referral is typically made by the child’s pediatrician, teacher, developmental specialist, or parents/caregivers to answer specific questions about a child’s developmental, cognitive, and emotional status and to aid in differential diagnosis. A neuropsychological evaluation can be helpful if your child has:

  • Difficulty with learning, attention, behavior, problem-solving, socialization, acquisition of language, or emotional control.
  • Not reached developmental milestones on time or has had a regression in skill development.
  • A documented developmental condition, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, learning disorder, or emotional disorder.
  • A neurological condition such as hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor.
  • A brain injury as a result of an accident, a stroke, or an infection of the brain.
  • Other medical problems that place him/her at an increased risk of brain injury such as diabetes, chronic heart or respiratory problems, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer.
  • Been exposed to toxins such as lead, street drugs, inhalants, mold, or was exposed to these substances or to alcohol prior to birth.
  • Had a prior evaluation by a psychologist or the school multi-disciplinary team, but interventions resulting from that assessment have not helped your child to make appropriate gains.