A neuropsychological evaluation can help to answer the "why" and "how" questions that are on your mind and in your heart. Thoughtful and targeted assessment can help to uncover the "why." This is such a critical step in determining which research-based interventions are best suited for your child or teen.
Uncovering the "why" often involves assessment of:
Problem Solving Skills
Attention & Executive Functioning
Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Wellbeing
In addition to identifying broader factors like interfering social, emotional, or behavioral concerns, a neuropsychological evaluation can aid in specifying the presence of any:
Learning Disabilities (like dyslexia)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
and other Neurodevelopmental Conditions
When it comes to these types of difficulties, there are a lot of treatment options out there, some of which are based on solid research evidence, and some that are not! I see it as part of my role to support parents in becoming well-educated consumers, by recommending interventions that have strong research support in enhancing your child's success based on their particular profile.
I am of the mindset that once you can name it, you can face it...with the right tools that is!
There are a lot of treatment options out there, some of which are based on solid research evidence, and some that are simply not! I will recommend interventions that have strong research support in addressing the particular needs of your child as well as reputable resources. In addition, I see it as part of my role to help parents become well-educated consumers as they wade through the options that are out there.
Last but certainly not least, identifying areas personal strength is incredibly important in enhancing your child's success. We are are built such that we have areas of personal strength and challenge. The goal is to compensate the best we can for our areas of challenge, while learning how to play to our strengths. Understanding what your child's strengths are can help build resiliency and self-esteem, and is a critical component of the evaluation process.