Pediatric neuropsychologists work with our cancer and blood disease patients and families to help find out if the medical condition or its treatments have affected how the brain is working. Cancers and hematological disorders can make a young adult sick and they can sometimes affect how they think, feel, and behave. A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist that has special training in how the brain works. They can help find out about problems you or your child may be having as a result of their illness.

Evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation involves several appointments and includes:

  • Review of your child’s medical and school records
  • Asking about your child’s history and your current concerns
  • Spending time with your child
  • Forms for you and your child’s teachers
  • Testing

Testing

We use specialized tests to assess thinking skills and behavior, including:

  • Language
  • Visual skills
  • Attention
  • Executive skills, like planning and organization
  • Learning and memory
  • Problem-solving
  • Motor coordination
  • Academic skills
  • Depression and anxiety

These tests mostly involve paper-and-pencil and hands-on activities but sometimes use a computer. No invasive tests are used.

After Testing

After testing you will meet with the neuropsychologist to review the results of the evaluation. You will also receive a written report that you can share with your child’s school or other providers. This report includes:

  • Brief summary of your child’s history and your current concerns
  • Test results and observations
  • Overall impressions of your child, including your child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Recommendations for how to help your child