Child Assessment Center
Are you concerned about your child’s school performance? Do you feel your child has learning challenges or problems staying focused and paying attention? Has there been a history of behavior problems or lack of social skills? Neuropsychology is focused on understanding the connection between brain and behavior. Changes in the brain could affect the individual’s ability to pay attention, process and remember information, or solve problems. Changes in the brain can impact cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning.
Dr. Simone provides neuropsychological assessment for children, adolescents, and adult college students including concerns about inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, autism, academic performance, learning difficulties, intellectual functioning, executive functioning, behavior issues, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injuries, neurological and genetic disorders, and other developmental disorders.
A neuropsychological assessment starts with an interview with the parent and child, and often with the child’s teacher. Also, the child’s medical and school records may be helpful in better understanding how the assessment findings relate to the child’s daily life. The length of testing depends on the referral or concern and the severity of symptoms. In general, an assessment lasts between 4-8 hours.
An assessment may include measures of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor functioning, executive functioning, language, learning, memory, and social and emotional functioning. The neuropsychological report is written based on the data from neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, direct observations, and interviews. After the conclusion of testing and report writing, a feedback session will be provided to the parent or guardian and the child separately to discuss the findings.
An assessment will identify areas of strengths and weakness and provide a diagnosis and recommendations to help the child or adolescent succeed at school and at home. Recommendations are tailored to address the specific concerns of the child/adolescent based on his/her unique profile. For instance, recommendations may help the child to receive classroom accommodations (i.e. 504 plan, IEP) including extra time on exams and quizzes or class work, tutoring, special education classes, and other referrals for services.
And then what? Dr. Simone loves helping families discover a child’s potential and address weak areas and help improve the overall wellbeing of the child through recommendations and treatment planning. Dr. Simone cares for each and all children and individuals seen for assessment and therapy and makes sure that they receive the best individualized recommendations and treatment. Therefore, Dr. Simone offers an optional follow up assessment session to check in regarding the recommendations given, and if needed will help you implement them or advocate for your child to receive services needed to better succeed.