Neuropsychological assessment before epilepsy surgery

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Learn how a neuropsychological assessment is done and how it helps your child's epilepsy team plan your child's treatment.

Key points

  • A neuropsychological assessment measures your child's thinking, behaviour and problem-solving skills so your child's team can plan the best treatment.
  • In general, the assessment uses tests and observation to measure things such as your child's intelligence, attention, motor function, language skills, memory and behaviour.
  • The assessment generally takes one day, but the precise length and tests depend on your child's age, skill level, seizure history and ability to co-operate.
  • Your child will have one assessment before surgery and further assessments at set periods to assess the impact of surgery and record their functioning at important points in their life.
Last updated: October 10th 2017