New Day Psychological Services offers Neuropsychological Assessments for children and adolescents aged 5-16 years. We do not offer this service for other age groups.
What is Neuropsychological Testing?
Neuropsychological testing can reveal if the child or adolescent is functioning at the level expected for his or her age group, or if they are delayed or advanced in certain skills areas. The typical domains assessed in a full Neuropsychological assessment are:
- Clinical Functioning
- Executive Functioning (planning, organizing, inhibition, etc.)
- Social Perception
- Visuospatial Processing
- Intellectual Functioning
- Personality Functioning
- Adaptive Functioning
When is Neuropsychological Testing Appropriate?
Neuropsychological testing involves a significant level of testing and provides an in-depth view of an individual’s functioning in several areas. This level of testing is reserved for specific circumstances and used only when less intensive testing is not adequate to answer referral questions. This level of testing is typically advised if:
- Clarification of diagnosis(es) is needed
- Specific/detailed treatment recommendations are needed
- If there are concerns of developmental/intellectual delays that require a more in-depth examination
- If there has been brain/head trauma and functioning has become impaired
- If such testing has been recommended by a treatment professional such as a psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, or neurologist
The Assessment Process
A neuropsychological evaluation begins with a comprehensive clinical interview which will focus on current clinical (psychological) functioning as well as cognitive and adaptive functioning. Areas of concern will be discussed in detail in order to gather as much information as possible and in order to make determinations regarding which testing tools will be most effective to address any concerns. At the conclusion of the clinical interview the recommended testing will be reviewed and explanations provided regarding why the testing tools are needed and what the testing is likely to reveal.
As neuropsychological testing usually involves a number of testing tools be used the client is often seen for 2-3 appointments. The number of visits required will be explained during the clinical interview and the length of time expected for each testing tool will also be reviewed. The testing process is lengthy and involved; however, the results produced are typically quite valuable and are well worth the required time and effort.
Typical Assessment Tools
The most common neuropsychological testing tools used at New Day involve the following. Some individual’s require all of these tests, whereas other may only require certain, specific ones.
- Stanford Binet Intelligence Test – 5th Edition
- NEPSY- 2nd Edition
- Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale – 3rd Edition
- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Adolescent
- Wechsler Memory Scales – 4th Edition
- Beck Youth Inventories – Combination Booklet
After all testing has been completed the client and/or caregivers will be provided with a review session during which the results of the testing are explained in detail. If any diagnoses are appropriate, these will be discussed and explained. Treatment recommendations that relate to the findings will be discussed in detail. An opportunity to ask questions will also be provided. After the review session is completed a detailed report will be written which will provide and explain the results of the testing in detail along with the recommendations. This report will typically be provided within one week of the review session.
If you have additional questions regarding neuropsychological testing, please contact our office. If you are not certain of a Neuropsychological Assessment is appropriate or necessary for your child/adolescent, we can provide you with guidance in this area.