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Neuropsychological Assessment

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Does your child have more trouble planning, organizing or remembering things than most kids their age? Is your child always forgetting homework or never seems to be organised enough to gets things in on time, does unsafe things without thinking it through, rushes through homework without checking it or has trouble accepting negative feedback and overreacting to little injustices. Do they avoid the world by spending his or her life in front of a screen.  These maybe signs that he or she has executive functioning difficulties and is struggling to cope with demands these place on him or her.

Annetta can undertake an assessment with the aim of understanding and provide a plan to support children who are struggling with this brain based problem.

What is a neuropsychological assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment helps assess your child’s thinking, behaviour and problem-solving skills. It helps to get a sense of your child’s abilities. It consists of a series of assessments and observations. A neuropsychologist will look at the results and compare them to other children who are the same age. The assessment is used to determine the best learning environment for your child.

A neuropsychological assessment is important for several reasons:

  • It shows your child’s thinking abilities at the moment.
  • It may be needed to get extra services for your child.
  • It can be repeated in the future to show changes that have happened over time.

The assessment usually takes half a day for preschoolers and a full day for school-aged children. There are different assessments for preschool children and school-aged children. As a parent or main caregiver, you will also be interviewed and will fill out questionnaires about your child.  Assessment may also involve talking to your child’s teacher and asking them to complete questionnaires.

You can tell your child that this assessment is like a day at school. For example, your child will be asked to answer questions, do activities on paper, solve puzzles and work on the computer. Many children enjoy the experience.

Once the neuropsychologist has interpreted the results, she can identify your child’s strengths, future challenges, and strategies that might help them.

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