Barry F. Skoff, Ph.D.- Clinical Neuropsychologist
978-354-2730- Dr.SkoffATbarryscoffphd.com
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Neuropsychological
Evaluation & Testing
Children•Teens•Young Adults

ADD, ADHD, LD, Attention deficit, Learning disability, Dyslexia, Executive Functions, Reading disability, Non verbal learning disability, Intellectual disability, Developmental disability, Asperger's Syndrome

 

Neuropsychology

What is Pediatric Neuropsychology?

Pediatric Neuropsychology explores how the development of your child’s brain impacts their learning and behavior.

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive functions, including:

  • General Cognitive Skills / Intelligence
  • Executive Functions (e.g., planning, organization, strategy selection & use, problem-solving)
  • Attention & Concentration
  • Learning & Memory
  • Verbal Skills
  • Visual-Spatial/Nonverbal Skills
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Social-Emotional Functioning
  • Academic Achievement

In addition to testing, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation also involves obtaining information from parents, older students and often teachers, using standardized behavior and symptom checklists.

How is a neuropsychological evaluation different from a school psychological evaluation?

School-based evaluations usually focus on current ability and achievement levels. They are less comprehensive than neuropsychological evaluations, and often may only consist of an intelligence test.

Important skills, such as attention, executive functions, learning and memory, are often not assessed.

The goal of a school evaluation is typically to determine if a child qualifies for special education services. Most school psychologists are not neuropsychologists.

A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is designed to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to clarify the nature of the presenting problems.

Goals of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Goals include providing an in-depth understanding of your child’s cognitive functioning, learning style and the skills needed for his or her academic and social success.

A neuropsychological evaluation can also clarify a suspected diagnosis. A neuropsychologist may be able to suggest a variety of treatment interventions beyond that which a school psychologist can.