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Parent’s Guide to the Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment

What is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychology is a specialty within the field of Psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships. A Pediatric Neuropsychologist uses standardized tests and observes behavior to define a child’s pattern of brain functioning and overall development. The child’s performance is compared to what is expected at the child’s age-level or compared to a specific group of children.  The child’s individual pattern of strengths and weaknesses is defined based on these comparisons. The pediatric neuropsychologist uses his/her knowledge of brain development, organization and functioning and their effects on development to guide the assessment, interpret the results and guide the recommendations. Continue reading