A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive testing process that identifies the reasons a child may be struggling in school. This type of evaluation provides an in-depth look at an individual’s capacity to learn, current academic functioning, processes necessary for learning, and social and emotional functioning. Based on the results, specific diagnoses such as Learning Disabilities or ADHD may be identified, and recommendations for intervention are generated.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication Disorder (SCD) evaluations can be part of a more comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation or supplement an already completed evaluation.
The evaluation entails a thorough history along with assessment of:
- Intellectual abilities
- Language level
- Social Communication
- Social Reciprocity
- Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors and Interests
The ASD Evaluation includes the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2). These measures are the gold standard for evaluation of children as early as 12 months of age, through adulthood. Since early intervention is important in the treatment of ASD and taking a “wait and see” approach is no longer the standard of care, early assessment is now available to those with concerns about their child’s development.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
During an occupational therapy evaluation, standardized testing and clinical observations are combined to evaluate a range of gross motor skills and core muscle control, fine motor skills including handwriting, cognitive and visual perceptual skills, and sensory processing. Parent and teacher concerns are combined with the testing results to guide treatment goals. Specific recommendations are devised to help each child thrive within their home, school,
and social environments.
Speech and Language Evaluation
The speech and language evaluation process begins with a comprehensive analysis of the child’s development. Formal and informal assessments may be conducted in the areas of receptive language (understanding spoken language), expressive language (speaking and communicating), pragmatic language (proper use of language), articulation, voice and fluency, and the oral peripheral speech mechanism. Based upon the evaluation, specific recommendations are made and therapeutic goals are established to improve the child’s speech and language skills.