If you live in the Los Angeles area and your child needs a neuropsychologist you may wonder how it can help. First let’s take a look at neuropsychology in general.
Whether for adults or children, clinical neuropsychology attempts to understand the link between the brain and behaviors. Understanding how someone thinks and acts plus how the brain is involved in these activities are the tools used to diagnosis and treat brain disorders.
Children’s neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists who have training in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. They have studied how the brain develops and they use their training to evaluate and help children with brain disorders. These disorders may involve brain injury, medical disease, or developmental issues.
Children’s neuropsychologists focus on understanding the reason for the issue. They evaluate a child’s skills including memory, attention, and problem solving; then develop a solution or plan to work on the issues.
The goal of Los Angeles children’s neuropsychologists is to come up with a treatment program that encompasses school, home, medical doctors, and others to help your child learn to live – and thrive – with his/her issues to have a more productive and happy life.
You may be urged to find a children’s neuropsychologist in Los Angeles if your child has any of the following:
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Auditory and visual processing disorders
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Behavioral disorders (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder)
- Brain tumor
- Cerebro vascular accidents (stroke)
- Developmental delays
- Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
- Non-verbal learning disabilities
- Psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, mood swings)
- Speech and language disorders
- Seizure disorders (epilepsy)
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injuries
Children and adult neuropsychological evaluations usually include the following types of tests:
- Academic skills
- Attention and memory
- Depression and anxiety
- Impulsive behavior
- Intelligence (IQ)
- Planning and organization
- Problem solving
- Processing speed
- Social skills
- Visual perception
Neuropsychological evaluation provides diagnostic clarity and is not just for children with disabilities. A neuropsychological evaluation can reveal giftedness and an array of learning aptitudes. Children and adults can use this information to become more effective at school or work, improve relationships, and use strengths to compensate for weaknesses.
If you would like your child to be evaluated by one of our children’s neuropsychologists, call One Neuro today at (310) 207-1720. We are located on San Vicente Blvd. in Los Angeles.