Included as Part of a Neuropsychological Assessment
- Interview with parents or caregivers to review current concerns, as well as the child’s medical, school, and family history
- Caregivers are typically asked to complete a variety of behavior rating scales about their child. It is often helpful to have similar behavior rating scales completed by a teacher.
- Direct testing with the child.
- For school-age children, this usually lasts 5 to 7 hours. Children are tested alone, without a parent or caregiver in the room.
- For preschool children, this usually lasts 1 to 3 hours.
- If necessary, additional observations of the child
- Review of previous testing, school records, and medical records
- Scoring and interpretation of results
- Report writing
- Feedback session to review results and recommendations, usually held 2 to 3 weeks after completion of testing
Checklist of Materials to Bring to the Interview and the Testing Appointment
- All health insurance cards
- History form
- Copies of previous evaluations, including psychological assessments, educational testing, speech-language assessments, occupational therapy assessments, and psychiatric evaluations
- Copies of report cards, IEP's, 504 plans, and other important school records
- Names and addresses of any doctors or clinicians who may have additional important records or to whom you would like a report sent
- Additional medical records or reports that may be pertinent to this evaluation
- Child’s glasses and hearing aids, if needed
- A packed lunch or money to buy lunch
- Try to make sure your child has enough rest the night before and eats a good breakfast
What to tell your child
When explaining the testing to a child it is best to tell them, “You are going to do a variety of tasks and activities. Some of them will be hands-on activities, like drawing or working with puzzles, and sometimes you will be asked questions. You may also be asked to do some reading, writing, and math.”