Clinical Neuropsychology

Many children and adolescents experience a range of problems with cognition (thinking) and learning. These problems impact early development and the ability to achieve academic success at school.

Neuropsychology can help find out what is going on. An accurate assessment is able to identify each child's unique set of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, leading to an understanding of how these could be contributing to the difficulties they are experiencing.

Assessment information provides a solid foundation for helping children. By knowing what is going on, it is then possible to guide the development of strategies to assist with areas of difficulty, treatment planning, home and classroom supports, and decision making regarding appropriate educational placements.

The CDN Neuropsychology service is able to provide detailed assessments for children with the following struggles. This assessment is able to measure not only what is going on, but also provide explanation for why this is happening.

Learning difficulties

Concentration and self control (Executive Function)

Other questions and challenges

Assessment areas

Assessments are planned individually for each child to ensure they examine the specific combination of skill areas relevant to the child’s presenting issues. Areas assessed include:

Assessment stages

  1. Completion of background questionnaires by the child’s parents and teachers to provide information about the child’s functioning at home and school.
  2. An initial interview with the parent. In this session, the parents will participate in a discussion with the Neuropsychologist regarding their child's strengths and interests, difficulties, and relevant background information.
  3. Individual assessment sessions with the child. Typically, two separate 1.5 hour assessment sessions will be carried out, although this might vary depending on the presenting issues. The number of assessment sessions and the length of the assessment sessions will be discussed during your initial interview.
  4. A feedback session with the parents (and child if appropriate) to discuss and explain the assessment findings and recommendations for support.
  5. Provision of a comprehensive report including the assessment results, opinion, and support recommendations.

Treatment and intervention

Neuropsychological treatment can also be of benefit for many children. Depending on individual patterns of strengths and weaknesses, this could include: