A neuropsychological evaluation seeks to understand and measure the way in which a person processes information and the potential source of struggles. The abilities tested include reading, language usage, attention, learning, processing speed, reasoning, memory, problem-solving, mood, personality and more. The results of these tests can help to identify appropriate academic accommodations and recommendations for future treatment.
These assessments can include review of medical records, school records, interviews with teachers and school counselors, and consultation with your child's pediatrician or family doctor.
Many times, children who are in need of testing are those who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges. These children are often described as "lazy" or "disobedient." Once a child has undergone testing, their mental health specialist can work with family, friends, teachers, and doctors to better help the child.
*at this time, we are not testing for autism or any autism spectrum disorders
These tests help to acess how ones verbal and perceptual reasonings correlate to memory and the speed of how fast one processes.
These allow people to understand why one is unable to maintain focus, initiate a task, regulate emotions, and organizations.
These tests assess reading fluency, reading comprehension, rote math facts, math calculation, written expression, writing fluency, spelling, expressive language, receptive language, phonological processing, visual-motor skills, and auditory processing.
These tests assess ability to learn and remember utilizing different modalities, assesses for visual learning and auditory learning, ability to remember rote and complex information
These tests help with the evaluation of mood, copings skills, self-concept through projective measures, clinical interviews, subjective, and objective measures
Many learning disabilities go undiagnosed, but usually, they are identified by a parent or teacher. Children with learning disabilities generally do not have the right skill set to be able to meet classroom expectations. Learning disabilities do not mean that one is less intelligent than another, it means that the child has a harder time processing information, which thus, leads to difficulties reading, writing, spelling, doing math, etc. When it comes to adults, many who go undiagnosed have trouble maintaining relationships, jobs, and being in a classroom.
Although learning disabilities can't be cured, there are many steps that both family members, teachers, and therapists can do a lot to help. There are many therapies that have been proven to be effective.
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