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In the Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Program at Children's Hospital Colorado, we offer neuropsychological and multidisciplinary evaluations of children and teenagers with complex medical histories. Neuropsychology is a specialty area of psychology. It uses knowledge of the developing brain to evaluate a child’s thinking, behavior and emotion.
Our comprehensive, high-quality neuropsychological and multidisciplinary evaluations can provide:
A neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment that gives doctors information about how a child or teen’s brain is working. The assessment is used to evaluate thinking skills and behavior.
Our pediatric neuropsychologists use their knowledge of the developing brain to diagnose, treat and provide ongoing care for children and teenagers with neurological disorders.
Most neuropsychological evaluations assess the following areas:
A neuropsychological evaluation may be provided to children and teens who display cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical and/or school difficulties as a result of their medical condition.
Our outpatient assessment services are designed for patients with:
A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation typically involves:
A neuropsychological evaluation typically lasts 2 to 3 hours, which includes reviewing information about your child’s medical condition and any current problems. We will also administer paper-and-pencil and computerized tests to evaluate memory, attention, speed and other thinking areas. Specialists will also gather relevant background information from the child and parent, discuss the evaluation with the child and parents and answer any questions. In some situations, testing can take more time, such as when concussions have occurred many months prior to the evaluation or after more severe injuries.
In addition to the child or teen, at least one parent needs to be present for the neuropsychological session. If possible, it is helpful to have both parents present, especially if they have different information or concerns about the child’s medical history.
In most cases, the neuropsychologist at Children’s Colorado will provide preliminary feedback about the results after the evaluation is completed. On occasion, the feedback meeting may be scheduled on a separate day. Your family will be given a written report summarizing the results and our recommendations. We’ll send the report directly to your family, primary healthcare providers and other involved professionals as appropriate (with parental consent).
Because some conditions are often complex and affect multiple systems within a child's body and brain, a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation is best. That's why we also offer another more extensive assessment called the Multidisciplinary Outpatient Rehabilitation Evaluation (MORE) for our neuropsychological evaluations.
MORE is an extensive team-based assessment for patients who have complex needs involving:
We use a multidisciplinary approach, which means that several doctors and experts from different disciplines will be involved. The primary focus of a MORE is to assess your child's current level of functioning in the areas above. Our team works together to provide specific insights and an integrated summary of the findings.
A multidisciplinary evaluation includes:
For more information about our evaluations or to schedule an appointment, call 720-777-5470.
To refer a child for a neuropsychological testing:
To refer a patient for outpatient testing, contact the Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Program at 720-777-5470.