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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is a hybrid discipline of sorts, a merge between psychology, neurology and everyday life. It specializes in the study of the brain and the impact of cognitive functioning on the adaptation and efficacy of the person in his daily activities. Because many children, adults or elderly people live with difficulties significant enough to affect their performance, their functioning, their behaviour or their autonomy, the assessment in neuropsychology becomes all the more important when needing to depict an individual’s specific cognitive profile in order to identify and address the problem.

The Assessment Process in Neuropsychology

The child neuropsychological assessment is in fact a specialized diagnostic process, during which one’s intellectual and executive functioning, attention, memory, language, perception, motor function and academic skills are all examined. This process enables the neuropsychologist to identify one’s overall cognitive profile in order to conclude in a precise diagnosis, through the systematic elimination of all other causes capable of explaining one’s difficulties. This holistic approach provides insight into an individual’s reality, with regards to his capacities, his setting and his current situation.

OUR CLIENTS

FROM KINDERGARTEN TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

5  – 12 YEARS OLD

THROUGH HIGH-SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY

13 – 24 YEARS OLD

TO ADULTHOOD AND RETIREMENT

25 – 65+ YEARS OLD

PROCESS FOR A CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

Child Neuropsychological Assessment Process

In children aged of 5 and 7 years old, the process for a child neuropsychological assessment happens over two half-days of three hours, between 9AM and 12PM, so as to estimate the young one’s overall functioning during different moments of a given week. These three-hour work periods are long enough for the neuropsychologist to analyse variations in behaviour, performance, attention, mood, social interactions and cognitive fatigue as if the child was at school during mornings or afternoons. Indeed, shorter periods of work and one hour consultations are often not demanding enough for the child’s actual struggles to appear, which is why our team prefers working with them over the morning or afternoon.

In children of 8 years or older, the assessment process happens over a full day, between 9AM and 12PM followed by 1PM and 4PM so as to get a better judgement of the child’s habits and overall functioning with regards to efforts typically put forth in a classroom environment.

Once strengths and weaknesses are identified, we also place a great deal of emphasis on developing an individualized education plan adapted to the child’s needs.

Child Neuropsychological Assessment : 5 to 7 years old

The neuropsychological assessment begins with…

From 9AM to 10AM: An hour-long interview and information gathering session in order to identify the difficulties and to understand their impact in everyday life.

Followed by…

From 10AM to 12 PM: The first part of the assessment in neuropsychology involving intellectual functioning and elements of attention and academic performance.

A second half-day is reserved…

From 9AM to 12 PM: The second part of the assessment continues with regards to attention, executive, memory, language, perceptual, motor and academic abilities.

The process concludes with…

A final one- or two-hour meeting with the parents, during which the report, the results, the strength/weakness analysis and the diagnosis will be presented and discussed. An individualised education plan, a period of questions and answers as well as references towards specific resources or in-house professionals will conclude the assessment process. We remain available for follow-ups or correspondence with other professionals.

Child Neuropsychological Assessment : 8 – 17 years old

The neuropsychological assessment begins with…

From 9AM to 10AM: An hour-long interview and information gathering session in order to identify the difficulties and to understand their impact in everyday life.

Followed by…

From 10AM to 12 PM and from 1PM to 4PM: The assessment in neuropsychology involving intellectual functioning, attention, executive, memory, language, perceptual, motor and academic abilities.

A second meeting is taken…

A final one- or two-hour meeting is taken with the parents, during which the report, the results, the strength/weakness analysis and the diagnosis will be presented and discussed.

The process concludes with…

An individualised education plan, a period of questions and answers as well as references towards specific resources or in-house professionals will conclude the assessment process. We remain available for follow-ups or correspondence with other professionals.

DIFFICULTIES AND DIAGNOSES IN CHILDREN

Difficulties and Diagnoses in Children

In children and teenagers, requests for assessments in neuropsychology are varied and involve difficulties linked to development, behaviour, family life or academic progression. The main requests for an assessment include:

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