Neuropsychology

Pediatric neuropsychology focuses on how a child thinks, learns, and behaves, along with how their brain grows. This is important information for most children who have a brain injury or disorder. At Children’s Wisconsin, our pediatric neuropsychologists help children know their strengths. We help them understand what is hard for them, too, and if that is because of their brain injury or disorder. We help children and their family, teachers, and doctors find new ways to help them think and learn better in school or at home. We also help children to think about the social and emotional parts of life. 

Our children’s neuropsychology experts help and support all children from any family or background, regardless of the resources they have or need. We can teach and give tools to help kids in all parts of their home, school, and life. We work with children of any age, from babies to young adults.

To schedule an appointment with our children’s neuropsychological services, please call us at (414) 955-0660.

Our clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Children's Wisconsin Clinics Building at 8920 W. Connell Court. Please check in at Suite 210 at the Neurosciences front desk.

Who is a pediatric neuropsychologist?

A pediatric neuropsychologist is a psychologist that has completed a PhD or PsyD in child psychology or a related psychology field and has completed specialized training including a post-doctoral fellowship regarding how learning and behavior are related to the development of brain structures and systems within children. A children’s neuropsychologist uses standardized testing methods to determine a child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Paper and pencil and game-like tests are common techniques used by neuropsychologists. After testing, our neuropsychologists interpret the results and research-based recommendations are made with the goal of having the child progress and learn at their fullest potential.

Should my child be evaluated by a children's neuropsychology expert?

Any child between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who is demonstrating difficulties with learning, development, or cognitive functioning (e.g., attention) could benefit from a neuropsychology evaluation.

Our clinic usually sees children with an established medical or neurological illness or injury that is known to change the brain in some capacity. A few examples include:

In addition to our general clinic, we conduct a Preschool and Infant Neuropsychological Testing (P.I.N.T.) clinic which includes an early autism clinic for individuals under 6 years of age.

Autism evaluations are also available for children between the ages of 6-18 years old.

What does a children's neuropsychology evaluation assess and who is referred?

Evaluations vary depending on the age and development of the child and why he or she was referred for an evaluation. Some reasons for referral include:

  • Determine the child's level of cognitive functioning
  • Identify changes in brain function as a result of medical/neurological illness or injury
  • Assist in school and medical treatment planning
  • Determine level of functioning prior to treatment/intervention (baseline testing)
  • Determine response to or recovery from treatment/intervention (follow-up testing)
  • Monitor brain development and guide treatment decisions
Children’s neuropsychological evaluations look at various different aspects of brain health and development. Some areas include:
  • General intellectual abilities
  • Attention capacity
  • Executive skills (organization, planning, inhibition or flexibility)
  • Learning and memory
  • Language skills
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Motor coordination
  • Behavioral and emotional functioning
  • Social and academic skills

What should I expect from Children's neuropsychology services?

Your pediatric neuropsychological evaluation will be tailored to meet the needs of your child. Depending on the background, the current concerns, and whether they have been evaluated previously, most children’s neuropsychology evaluations take between 2 to 8 hours to complete. Depending on the age and needs of your child, testing may be completed in one day or over the course of several days.

You will be asked to participate in an interview (through video visit) regarding your child's developmental history and to complete several questionnaires about your child's emotional and behavioral functioning. 

One to two testing sessions may be scheduled. You will be asked to bring with you any records of previous testing or individualized education plans (IEPs) to the testing appointment. On that day, your child will be asked to perform a variety of paper and pencil and game-like tasks similar to things he or she may do at school. Most of the testing will be conducted over several hours by trained technicians who work with your child in an individualized setting. No medical procedures are involved.

In some cases, recommendations based on results from the evaluation will be shared with you at the end of the testing day. Otherwise a separate video visit will be scheduled.

Request an appointment

To request an appointment, please call us:

Neuropsychology

(414) 955-0660

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