A pediatric neuropsychologist has a PhD, usually in clinical or counseling psychology with postdoctoral specialty training in neuropsychology. These specialists study the individual functions of the brain and are able to evaluate a child’s abilities in highly specific skills. For example, they not only evaluate a child’s memory functioning but can also assess their memory for visual, auditory, immediate, and shortand long-term abilities. Testing includes paper and pencil tests, oral tests, and tests requiring the manipulation of objects.
Neuropsychological testing is not done for purposes of diagnosing Asperger’s Disorder but to provide in-depth evaluation of your child’s cognitive functioning. Motor, memory, organization, planning, problem-solving, and visual-perceptual skills are among the many brain functions a neuropsychologist tests. Not only are the test scores useful in measuring strengths and weaknesses, but how your child approaches each task will be carefully watched to make observations on your child’s preferred style of learning as well as the unique way in which he solves various mental tasks.
Results will be prepared in a report with recommendations in the form of interventions to be carried out in the classroom and during homework. Teachers, tutors, and educational therapists can then create lessons geared towards your child’s specific cognitive functioning.