Neuropsychological Evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation is a specialized type of psychological assessment.  The goal is to get an in-depth ‘snapshot’ of an individual’s functioning.  This can be helpful in a number of different situations.  Maybe your child’s therapist tells you that their presentation is very complex and a formal assessment of their attention or learning would help to guide the therapy process.  Maybe your child has shown a significant change recently in how they are doing at school, at home, or with friends and the reason for the change is unclear.  Maybe the school has done an evaluation but hasn’t been able to get to the bottom of your child’s challenges. Maybe you have a feeling that there is something going on but you just can’t put your finger on what is causing these difficulties.  

A neuropsychological evaluation is a way of integrating information about how someone is functioning in a variety of different domains.  It may include standardized assessments of cognitive functioning, learning and memory, executive functioning, attention and focus, visual-motor skills, academic progress, or emotional functioning.  Standardized assessments in the office are combined with standardized checklists that gather information from parents, teachers, or self-reports of functioning in day-to-day life.  All of that is integrated into a final report that includes a summary of strengths and weaknesses, diagnostic impressions, and a list of recommended accommodations and supports to address any areas of weakness.  

The evaluation process at Launch includes an initial intake appointment lasting about an hour, two testing sessions that take place during the day on a weekday, each lasting about three hours, and a final session to review the results.  If you feel that a neuropsychological evaluation may be helpful, please reach out with any questions or to schedule an initial intake appointment.