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Q: What does a psychological report consist of, and what kind of recommendations should I expect?
A: A typical neuropsychological evaluation of a school-age child may assess these areas:
  • General intellect
  • Achievement skills, such as reading and math
  • Executive skills, such as organization, planning, inhibition, and flexibility
  • Attention
  • Learning and memory
  • Language
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Motor coordination
  • Behavioral and emotional functioning
  • Social skills

Some abilities may be measured in more detail than others, depending on the child's needs. A detailed developmental history and data from the child's parents and teachers may also be obtained. Observing your child to understand his or her motivation, cooperation, and behavior is a very important part of the evaluation. Ideally, the neuropsychological report will provide you with a description of your child's strengths and weaknesses, suggestions for what you can do to help your child, and recommendations for educational programming. This will include suggestions to help your child improve weak skills and suggestions on how to use your child's strong skills to get around problems created by the weak skills.



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