Many parents and families find themselves on an unforeseen voyage to assist their child or adolescent in their recovery from a neurological injury or in overcoming attentional problems or learning disabilities.

Shore Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health provides a specialized Child Psychotherapy and Learning Disability (LD) program to address the challenges that accompany coping with the neurobehavioral impact of an LD or injury, and the demands on the family to provide care. In addition to individualized neuropsychological evaluation services, a variety of helpful treatment and rehabilitation services are offered for children and adolescents including:

Academic planning
Cognitive Rehabilitation
ADHD Interventions
School consultations
Behavior management
Child psychotherapy
Family education and support
Social Skills Training

An undiagnosed Learning Disability can result in multiple frustrations. Your child may be struggling with completing work on time or mastering age appropriate academic skills. Your child may be less interested in school, refusing to complete work or disrupting their class. The underlying problem may be an undiagnosed learning or attentional disability. Remember, a child is not merely an under sized adult. A comprehensive pediatric neuropsychological assessment requires specific training and expertise. Since many learning disabilities are brain-based, an understanding of the child’s performances across academic, achievement, aptitude, and neuropsychological abilities provides parents and teachers with accurate diagnoses as well as appropriate treatment strategies and school based interventions.

What is a Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation consists of a battery of tests that provides information about a child’s overall intellectual abilities, learning style, information processing abilities, and academic skills. A full Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation assesses overall intellectual abilities with a standardized IQ test such as the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) which helps to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses. An IQ test provides vital information regarding a child’s ability to process verbally and visually presented information. A full Pediatric Neuropsychological evaluation also provides information regarding basic attention, sequencing abilities, working memory issues, language functioning, and processing speed. Current academic achievement skills are evaluated as well, in specific academic areas such as reading, comprehension, written language. The NEPSY, a common battery of neuropsychological tests for children which provides supplemental evaluation of children and toddlers who are at premorbid risk, or for whom there are questions regarding age appropriate developmental growth.

In addition to test data, all evaluations include a clinical interview with parent and child, as well as questionnaires and rating scales that are traditionally completed by parents, teachers, and the student. This data coupled with a comprehensive emotional assessment, helps the neuropsychologist to identify whether attentional and/or emotional issues might be contributing to or resulting from the learning difficulties.

What kind of information can I expect following a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Accurate description of overall academic skills
Identification of strengths and weaknesses
Identification of other possible areas of difficulty such as underlying language deficits
Identification of the need for a speech language or auditory assessment
Identification and treatment of emotional or social problems
Diagnoses and treatment of attentional problems
Finalization of diagnosis and interventions

Parents have a mandated right to have their child evaluated for a learning disability. When there is a statistically significant discrepancy between measures of intellectual and academic performance, a diagnosis of a learning disability may be clinically indicated, as well as specific compensations and accommodations within the classroom or school. The clinicians at Shore Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health will work with your teacher or school to ensure accurate and informative testing results and effective classroom remediation.

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