Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates

Frequently asked Questions

Q.What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation helps identify the underlying causes of your child's difficulties by developing an understanding of his or her strengths and weakness and how these affect learning and functioning in the home, school, and community.  A full evaluation is typically conducted in three sessions, lasting two to three hours each, depending on the child's age.   

Q. What information will the evaluation provide?

The results of the evaluation will:

  • Explain why your child is having school problems or other difficulties and help to guide treatment
  • Diagnose different conditions or childhood disorders and provide information regarding appropriate interventions
  • Provide an understanding of your child's unique strengths and weakness
  • Identify the types of services that may be appropriate to pursue through schools, doctors, and other practitioners
  • Detect the cognitive effects of developmental, neurological, and medical conditions
  • Provide a baseline of functioning to monitor progress over time

Q. Will my insurance cover my child's evaluation?​

Insurance coverage varies depending on your insurance policy, your child's difficulties, and the type of evaluation needed. Please contact our office to discuss your child's individual situation.

Q. How do I prepare for the evaluation?

On the day of your first appointment please bring the office forms that were mailed to you and copies of all previous evaluations your child has completed (e.g., neuropsychological evaluation, school evaluations, psychiatric reports, etc.). In addition, please bring your health insurance card and a form of identification.

In order to ensure valid and accurate testing results, we advise that children have a good night's sleep and breakfast before each testing session. 

We ask that a parent/guardian of young children remain on the premises during testing. Our office building offers free wifi and a newly renovated cafe for parents' convenience during appointments.

Q. Who would benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation?

  • Children and adolescents with learning difficulties, school underachievement, or suspected dyslexia
  • Children with attention problems and/or impulsivity that negatively impacts home and school functioning
  • Children with developmental delays or who are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Children with behavioral, emotional, or social difficulties 
  • Children with chronic medical illness, genetic conditions, or neurological disorders that affect brain functioning (e.g., epilepsy, brain tumor)
  • Children with brain related injuries (e.g., concussion/TBI)