Clinical Neuropsychology assessments include:
Because neuropsychological conditions can worsen or improve with time and treatment, assessments can be used to predict and enhance social, educational and vocational outcomes. A neuropsychological assessment can help plan a child's rehabilitation program by identifying their strengths and weaknesses. They are also used for decision making about a child's school placement and other areas of their life (for example, play, social activities and study or career choices). The assessments test specific skills using a wide range of activities. These skills include concentration, memory, visuo-spatial (e.g. jigsaws), language, problem solving, planning, organisational and academic abilities. Our Neuropsychologists work with children (from 4 years old), adolescents and young adults..
How long will an assessment take?
Overall it may take 3 to 4 hours. A Neuropsychologist will spend time with the parent(s) to gain background information, such as early childhood history and how your child is performing at school. Note testing is done with your child alone. If you have more queries contact PATCHES.
What is a Neuropsychologist?
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour who have studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and how people think, feel, behave and react. Neuropsychologists specialise in brain behaviour relationships. For example, how thinking problems may affect a person's functioning at home, school or work.
Paediatric Neuropsychologists have advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of a range of childhood disorders. They are trained to understand the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of a wide range of conditions, including developmental, epileptic, psychiatric, degenerative, infectious, metabolic,
structural and traumatic.
Above: Dr Carmela Pestell, Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist & Director of Neuropsychology Services. Left: Laura Jellins, Neuropsychology Registrar with a client.
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