Neuropsychological Testing (for adults and children) provides a comprehensive evaluation of your or your child’s learning style. A complete neuropsychological evaluation, the way I do it, consists of assessment of all the important domains of intellectual functioning that are relevant for academic functioning, as well as general functioning when it comes to daily living: attention and concentration, verbal abilities (including language functioning, auditory processing, auditory comprehension, verbal reasoning, expressive and receptive vocabulary, etc.), nonverbal abilities (including visual perception, visual spatial perception, constructional abilities, organizational skills, motor functioning, etc.), academic functioning (reading, spelling, written language, arithmetic), and relevant emotional and personality factors.
If you are an adult, you will get a better sense of who you are and how to match your strengths with vocational choice and success. My child clients will also learn more what their individual gifts are and be able to get appropriate support from the school as well as their parents. For any student who needs testing accommodations, appropriate documentation is included.
My Neuropsychological Evaluation will provide you with:
- A detailed picture of your or of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Specific, helpful recommendations for improving functioning for greater success.
- A greater sense of self empowerment and improved self-esteem.
What is Neuropsychological Testing?
Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive psychological evaluation to determine a person´s cognitive (intellectual) functioning. A neuropsychological evaluation assesses a person´s intellectual functioning in a number of important domains including:
- Attention and Concentration
- Memory Functions
- Verbal Functioning
- Nonverbal Functioning
- Academic Functioning
A complete evaluation also assesses a person´s personality and emotional functioning. Neuropsychological testing can be done on people of all ages, from age 3 throughout adulthood.
What are the benefits of Neuropsychological Testing?
The benefits are many, including:
- Improved self-esteem through accurate self-knowledge
- Appropriate educational planning
- Career and vocational planning for adolescents and adults
- Complete documentation that will enable your child or yourself to get targeted support and accommodations to support optimal functioning at school, at work, and in life.
When is a Neuropsychological Evaluation indicated?
Neuropsychological testing is helpful in many circumstances including:
- You suspect your child is not achieving to his potential
- You are not achieving to your potential
- Your child or yourself has uneven abilities with significant strengths and unexplained weaknesses (difficulties)
- Your child does not like school and/or has behavioral issues that do not seem related to any external sources
- You are not sure what your child´s strengths and weaker points are, when it comes to intellectual/academic functioning
- You want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are regarding your intellectual functioning
- Your child or yourself may need testing accommodations for standardized tests
What is Involved in a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Typically, a neuropsychological evaluation starts with an hour appointment where I (Dr. Bronson) take the full developmental and academic history of the person being evaluated.
Next, the actual testing involves 4 two-hour face-to-face testing sessions. Sometimes a fifth two-hour session is needed.
Next, when the testing sessions are completed, I analyze the results and write a comprehensive report. Then a feedback appointment will be scheduled, for one hour and a half, where the results and recommendations are discussed in full. If the person being tested is a child, the parents will be at the first feedback session.
Then, at a later date, another session is scheduled where the results and recommendations are given to the child (in a way that is appropriate to his or her developmental level), with the parents present.
What can I expect from a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
You can expect:
- A thorough evaluation (that uses traditional psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological tests), written in understandable language, with detailed discussion of what tests were given, the person’s performance, the analysis of his performance, and conclusions and recommendations. The recommendations are to help support optimal performance in school and work, as well as everyday life.
- You can expect to feel that your child or yourself is seen clearly and understood.
- You can expect that the person who has been evaluated will feel improved self-esteem (because her strengths are clearly pointed out) and empowered to make changes to optimize her everyday functioning.
Sarah has done several evaluations on me. She knows how to format her reports in the way that is needed if you want to have accommodations in school or for standardized tests. When I was finishing high school she evaluated me and I had no problem getting testing accommodations for the SAT and for college. Then when I applied to law school she re-evaluated me and I was awarded accommodations for the LSAT. And recently I have finished law school and am taking the Bar Examination, so she just finished another evaluation. When I took this most recent report to the accommodations person at the law school, he commented that he had never seen such a comprehensive evaluation!
Simon T., in New York
I have used Dr. Bronson to evaluate both of my children, and then to do updated assessments when they needed them as they got older. She writes very complete and understandable reports, that have helped me better understand not just my children’s learning style, but how their learning style interacts with their personalities. She also really understands their intellectual gifts and gives them a lot of positive feedback about those gifts. That must be one of the reasons why my children like working with her too and never complained about having to “go for testing.”
Ursula, in Bronxville, New York
Dr. Bronson recently evaluated my daughter. We have been confused about what her school difficulties are because she is very bright but her intelligence doesn’t show in her school work or grades. I feel Dr. Bronson really captured what is going on with her, pinpointing where her difficulties are coming from and also telling us what our daughter needs to do her best, to achieve at her full potential. And I also really appreciate that it is Dr. Bronson’s policy to meet with the children she evaluates to give them the test results. We actually met all together as a family and Dr. Bronson gave our daughter the results in language she could understand. She also made sure that she emphasized her strengths and gifts, so that she could feel good about herself while she also learned where her weaker areas are and what we can all do to help her. I think this type of evaluation is invaluable when it comes to really understanding who your child is and how you can help them fulfill themselves at their best level.
Jane W., Bronxville, New York