- What is neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is the study of how the brain affects behavior, social and emotional development, and cognitive processes such as, learning, memory, attention, executive functioning, language development and motor skills. A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist who has specialized training and expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of brain-based problems, including learning disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders, neurological problems, and psychiatric disorders. Neuropsychologists use systematic evaluations to obtain a comprehensive picture of an individual’s intellectual, cognitive and emotional functioning. This information is then used to tailor recommendations to address the individual’s specific needs.
- How do I know if a neuropsychological evaluation will be helpful?
There are many reasons why families or individuals may choose to have an evaluation completed. There are some common reasons listed below, but please feel free to call me with questions! I will always give you an honest opinion about whether I think an evaluation is necessary.For children or adolescents, a neuropsychological evaluation may be beneficial if:
- Your child has a developmental disorder or medical condition that impacts cognitive functioning or learning
- You suspect that your child may have a learning disorder in reading (e.g., dyslexia), math or writing
- Problems with attention and /or hyperactivity are interfering with your child’s ability to learn at their capacity and / or to develop positive social relationships
- Your child is experiencing difficulty in school due to problems with planning, organization, time management, and study skills
- Your child has difficulty regulating his or her emotions and behaviors, which can result in school and / or social problems
- Your child has sustained a concussion or traumatic brain injury and is having trouble with school work and/or emotional functioning
- You have noticed a change in your child’s attention or learning following a significant medical illness (e.g., Lyme disease, cancer, infection, etc.).
- Your child has an IEP or you think your child might be eligible for an IEP, and you would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation from a private practitioner
For adults, a neuropsychological evaluation might be considered if:
- You suspect that learning and / or attention problems are interfering with your functioning in school, at work, or in relationships
- You have concerns about your cognitive functioning related to a medical problem, such as epilepsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Your primary care doctor, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist may recommend a neuropsychological evaluation to assist with answering diagnostic questions
3. Do you accept insurance?
I am not an in-network provider for any insurance companies; however, I will provide you with insurance codes to facilitate submission of billing paperwork for reimbursement.