Episode 12: Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsychological (neuropsych) testing has a lot of benefits, but isn't discussed very often. Listeners like you probably have a sense of how therapy can be helpful, but you may have never even heard of neuropsych testing.
Therapy is helpful for many conditions (e.g., anxiety, disruptive behavior), but it's not able to do much for others (e.g., learning difficulties). That's where neuropsych can be helpful!
Neuropsychologists interview families to get a good understanding of their concerns. Then they administer a lot of different tasks, each of which aims to test a certain skill (or set of skills). After looking for trends in scores, and putting them in the context of observed behaviors, neuropsychologists can help determine an appropriate diagnosis and, more importantly, proper recommendations.
After a neuropsych assessment, a 504 plan or IEP may be recommended. These are ways of getting formal accommodations in school. While a parent can request these on their own, it's helpful to have the neuropsychologist present (in-person or via phone) to help advocate and compromise with the school regarding the accommodations.
That's a broad overview of neuropsych testing. Have questions? Let me know in the comments!