The goal of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program, led by Sigita Plioplys, MD, is to optimize psychiatric services to patients with neurological disorders, as well as to advance the art and science of pediatric neuropsychiatry. The program provides multidisciplinary psychiatric evaluations and treatment to youth with neurological disorders, including:
A neuropsychological evaluation is typically conducted during one or more daytime appointments, at a time when your child is accustomed to doing school-type work. Appointment length varies depending on its purpose, your child’s age and their mental abilities. Most children above age five require two testing sessions lasting two to three hours. Findings and recommendations are discussed with parents during a separate one-hour session. Attendance at the feedback session is required, as it is necessary for integration of test results with parents’ understanding of their child.
After the neuropsychological evaluation, you will receive a report detailing test findings, impressions and recommendations. The report is designed to be shared with schools, physicians and others working with your child.
Due to the nature of our service, it is not usually possible for us to attend off-site conferences, such as school meetings. We cannot evaluate children in languages other than English, so our ability to serve non-English speaking children is limited.
How This Evaluation Differs from Others
Mental ability testing of children below age five or six is typically different from neuropsychological testing of school-aged children and provides slightly different information. With younger children, the most appropriate approach to ability measurement is typically a developmental evaluation.
Neuropsychological and psychoeducational (school-based) evaluations often overlap because they measure many of the same abilities. Neuropsychological evaluations offer the benefit of our experience with complex neurological and medical disorders in childhood and consider results within the framework of brain functioning. Some areas of ability, such as memory, attention and problem-solving, are addressed in neuropsychological evaluations but are not typically assessed in school settings. Psychoeducational evaluations, on the other hand, may offer more detailed diagnostic information about subtypes of learning problems and more specific information relevant to school curricula and academic programming.
To request a neuropsychological evaluation, contact 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC). We review each request to ensure that an evaluation is likely to be helpful to your child. For example, if your child has recently been tested, re-evaluation may not be useful. In such instances, we provide consultation to you to help you to seek appropriate services.
Please note: Insurance companies vary in their coverage for neuropsychological evaluation services, depending, in part, on the reason an evaluation is being requested. Our reimbursement specialist will help you to determine your coverage and the cost of an evaluation.