Paediatric Neuropsychology

Paediatric Neuropsychology is a professional specialty directed at understanding the development of a child's brain and how it relates to their functioning in a number of different areas including: thinking skills (cognition), memory and learning, behaviour, and social and emotional functioning (including self-esteem).   The assessment that is undertaken provides a detailed profile of the child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, which helps to identify a child's problem and any possible factors that may be causing the presenting difficulties.This information can then assist in the development of specific recommendations and interventions to assist your child in their areas of need.

Neuropsychologists often work closely with a paediatrician or other clinicians including speech pathologists or occupational therapists to assess and assist with the child's difficulties. They are also available to work with the child's school to help them provide appropriate educational programs for the child and assist them in better understanding the child's difficulties.

 
Common Reasons Children are Referred

  • Verbal and visual-spatial cognitive abilities (general intellect)
  • Attention
  • Language
  • Short-term memory, Auditory processing and Working memory
  • Memory and learning
  • Executive functioning (planning, organisation, inhibition, flexibility)
  • Academic skills, including reading, spelling, maths and phonological awareness and processing abilities
  • Daily behaviour and emotional functioning
  • Social skills

Areas of Cognition and Behaviour Assessed

  • Specific Learning Disorder, including Specific Reading (Dyslexia)/Spelling/Math/Writing Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Apply for educational or integration aide assistance (funding) or special consideration (examinations) for primary or secondary school
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (Hyperactive / Inattentive Type)
  • Language Impairment or Delay
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including Autism and Asperger Disorder
  • Emotional or Behavioural problems, including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder
  • Brain injury from an acquired accident including a head injury or birth trauma including Low Birth Weight
  • School readiness
  • Identifying your child's strengths and weaknesses
  • Giftedness and High IQ

Depending on the reason for the assessment, all or a select combination of these abilities may be assessed. Generally, a detailed developmental history and information from the child's parents and teachers are also collected.