Neuropsychological testing is completed as part of a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment used to detect neurological dysfunction and/or the impact of epilepsy on brain development and functioning. Neuropsychologists, assisted by psychometrists, use standardized measures that assess motor skills and neurocognitive abilities, such as language functioning, visual-spatial processing, memory, attention, problem-solving and organization.
As part of the assessment, the neuropsychologist will also screen for emotional and behavioral concerns that may need to be addressed during the course of your child’s medical treatment. Results are shared with you and the treatment team, and they are used along with other evaluations to improve treatment, maximize functional outcomes, and assist in intervention and educational planning.
What to Expect
A typical neuropsychological assessment, including testing, lasts between 3 to 6 hours, depending upon the reason for the appointment and your child’s age. The testing is usually conducted in a one-on-one setting with tasks that are similar to what your child does in school. This includes activities such as drawing, answering questions, pointing at pictures, and listening to stories.
The neuropsychologist will also meet with you to review your child’s developmental, medical, and academic history, as well as to discuss any concerns you have about your child’s level of functioning. After the assessment is completed, the results will be reviewed with you in detail, with possible recommendations for additional therapies, behavioral treatment, and/or modifications to your child’s academic programming. In addition, the results will be shared with the rest of the epilepsy team, and a report will be prepared and forwarded to you and the referring medical provider.