Many children with health problems develop normally. However, their conditions may put them at risk for developmental or cognitive concerns. Evaluating and monitoring them over time is important. The earlier a concern is identified, the quicker we can do something about it.
Who should get a neuropsychological evaluation?
Many people benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation. At the Thompson Center, we serve children (ages 0-21 years) with health problems (now or in the past) that might impact development.
What kind of health problems can impact development?
Health problems that might affect central nervous system functioning, such as prematurity, heart conditions/surgeries, seizures, brain injuries, and genetic conditions, just to name a few.
Why is a neuropsychological evaluation helpful for my child?
What do they test/evaluate?
We test many thinking skills, such as intelligence, development, academics, problem solving, language, attention, memory, learning, visual spatial skills, motor skills, and mood/behavior.
What will we/my child do?
At the Thompson Center, a neuropsychologist interviews the caregiver/parent and the child completes tests with a technician. The tests are non-invasive and similar to school tasks or thinking games. In total, up to four hours in one appointment.
What happens after the appointment?
Two weeks later, a neuropsychologist meets with the family to review results, any diagnoses, and recommendations. A detailed report is provided with specific recommendations for optimal outcomes. Often, continued monitoring (future evaluations over time) is recommended.
How do request a neuropsychological evaluation for my child?
Providers and parents/caregivers can make a referral on the Thompson Center website: https://thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/services/make-an-appointment/