Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing is a specialized evaluation to determine if an individual has a learning disability, attention disorder, or other subtle cognitive issue that may impact personal behavior and well-being or academic performance. Through testing, Center affiliates can provide a thorough profile of cognitive strengths and difficulties, as well as recommendations about how to best help. Clinicians at the Center also specialize in determining whether academic difficulties are related to cognitive versus emotional difficulties, or some combination of the two.

What are questions that can be answered by testing?

  • Do I or does my child have a learning disability, such as a reading, math, or writing disability?
  • Do I or does my child have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
  • Do I or my child have Asperger Disorder or another autistic spectrum disorder?
  • Is there evidence for a Nonverbal Learning Disability?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • Are there any problems with memory or language?
  • Are emotional or personality factors influencing adjustment in school or at home?
  • What are my or my child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
  • Might I or my child be eligible for accommodations in school?
  • What type of school placement would be most useful for my child?
  • What strategies can I use to help myself or my child succeed?

What is assessed?

A typical evaluation may assess:

  • Intelligence
  • Academic achievement
  • Memory and learning
  • Language
  • Attention and executive functioning
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Motor coordination
  • Emotional and social functioning

How will the testing help?

The test report and verbal feedback will:

  • Provide a description of your/your child’s areas of strength and difficulty.
  • Explain why you or your child are having academic or personal difficulties.
  • Provide a plan for what you can do to help yourself or your child both academically and behaviorally.
  • Make recommendations for educational accommodations when needed.
  • Most importantly, if a learning problem is found, neuropsychological testing can help determine the underlying cognitive weaknesses that give rise to that problem. For example, rather than just finding out that there is a reading disability, neuropsychological testing can help to determine whether the reading problem is due to difficulty in processing the sounds of words versus visually processing the letters. This will help to determine the most appropriate way to remediate or accommodate the problem.
  • Center affiliates can provide referrals to community providers when needed, including learning specialists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, so that you can access whatever help you may need.

Can testing help college students and adults?

Yes. College students with learning difficulties can benefit from accommodations such as extended testing time or access to notes; colleges require testing to document eligibility. Testing can help adults to determine treatment and learning strategies to help themselves succeed at work and home.

Affiliated professional:

  • Naomi Alcaine, Ph.D.