Why Assessment Testing in Pediatrics Is Essential

Pediatric neuropsychology is a very important field, particularly when it comes to evaluating students who may have special needs in the classroom. Unfortunately, this is often not covered by insurance. Thankfully, Reflect Neuropsychology offers affordable mini-assessments that can give parents valuable insight into whether or not the extended testing process is necessary.

What Can Pediatric Assessments Assess?

Neuropsychological evaluations can survey a broad range of cognitive difficulties and functions including:

  • Academic skills
  • General intelligence
  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Learning and memory
  • Attention and concentration skills
  • Perception abilities
  • Fine motor skills
  • Emotions and behavior
  • Social skills

What Are the Differences Between School Assessments and Neuropsychological Assessments?

School assessments are designed to see whether or not a child is eligible to receive special education program assistance or therapies to help with their performance. Instead of being able to diagnose actual learning or behavior disorders like ADHD, these assessments primarily evaluate if a student has the skills needed to achieve success in the classroom.

Neuropsychological assessments are more comprehensive and go beyond merely the educational component. They also encompass social skills, personality, cognitive abilities and more. Neuropsychologists are uniquely equipped to give these tests and interpret them. At Reflect Neuropsychology, we offer an affordable mini-assessment that can give you increased insight into whether or not full testing is necessary. With a professional diagnosis, you will not only have what you need to give your child’s school but also additional information on any learning disabilities or cognitive conditions your child might be experiencing.

Why Are Children Sometimes Referred for Evaluations from Neuropsychologists?

Some of the most common reasons that children and parents are referred to neuropsychologists for a mini or complete evaluation include:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Academic struggles
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental difficulties
  • Genetic conditions
  • Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
  • Psychiatric illnesses
  • Seizure disorders
  • Other medical conditions that can affect the mind-body connection and/or cognition
  • Brain tumors

By coming to Reflect Neuropsychology for your child’s evaluation, you will receive detailed insight into their unique situation and whether or not a more comprehensive assessment could be beneficial.

Receive Affordable Assessments with Reflect Neuropsychology

Reflect Neuropsychology is a leading neuropsychology firm in Southern California, specializing in counseling, therapy and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults. We also can address your medicolegal needs and provide expert witness testimony, legal examination of medical records as well as independent medical examinations for capacity assessments and more. As a highly specialized practice, we can focus on evidence-based, personally tailored treatment and evaluation. To learn more about our services and schedule an appointment, visit us online or call us at (818) 324-3800.

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