Brain disorders and mental health: Assessing your child for neuropsychological difficulties

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Learn what happens during a neuropsychological assessment and how you can use the results to help your child.

Key points

  • A neuropsychological assessment measures a child’s overall mental wellbeing, their behaviour, emotions, problem-solving skills, perception, language, attention and memory.
  • The neuropsychologist focuses on understanding why a child is having problems in school or at home and how these issues may relate to the health of the brain.
  • Before the assessment, you will receive questionnaires for you and your child’s teacher to fill in and bring to the appointment.
  • The assessment involves gathering information about your child’s functioning at home and at school through interviews, questionnaires and one-to-one tests with your child.
  • When the assessment is complete, you will get a report of the results, recommendations for you and your child’s teachers and, if needed, referrals to other specialists.
Last updated: July 12th 2017