neuropsychologist testing

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by JJJ, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    What exactly should they be doing for neuropsychologist testing? So far Kanga is only scheduled for a slepp-deprived EEG. An MRI was mentioned but not yet ordered. Shouldn't there be a lot more to this???
  2. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    EEG and MRI are part of neurological testing, not neuropsychological testing. Do you want me to dig up my son's neuropsychologist testing and list the tests he was administered (knowing full well that neuropsychologist evaluations differ somewhat according to child and potential diagnosis)?
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    My difficult child's tested things like memory, executive functioning, motor-visual abilities...

    Actual tests were called Bender Visual-Motor Gestalt Test, Delis-Kaplan Executive Functioning System, Halstead Reitan Test Battery, Rey Complex Figure Test, TOVA Visual Continuous Performance Test, Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children (WISC-IV), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test WIAT-II), Wide Range Assessment of Learning and Memory (WRAML-2), and assessment of several different parent, teacher, and self-reporting forms. Like Smallworld pointed out though, I think these can vary depending on age and specific areas of concern. It's my understanding that psychologists, specially trained in neuropsychologist. testing, need to be the ones to administer these, but I'm not sure how much of a requirement that is.

    It was our experience that these tests were helpful, especially with IEP issues, but not helpful in diagnosis because difficult child has a mood disorder and the psychiatric difficult child had apparently isn't in to diagnosis'ing those. The psychiatrist was most helpful (broad-minded) in that area- but again, in my humble opinion, that's largely dependent on who you have and what the specific areas of concern are.
  4. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    PS- after reading your signature on Kanga, I'd watch that prozac. (That's just based on my difficult child's experience with it and of course, might not have any thing at all to do with Kanga). But, if you EVER notice any change or regression with her, call psychiatrist and report IMMEDIATELY.