Neuropsychological & Psycho-Educational Evaluations
The primary difference between a Neuropsychological and a Psycho-Educational evaluation is the breadth of the evaluation. Typically, Dr. Mather recommends a psycho-educational evaluation if concerns about the patient are exclusively related to possible learning differences. If the primary concern is dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, and there are no behavioral concerns, a psycho-educational evaluation indicated. Keep in mind that while ANLC practitioners use a neurological perspective in terms of data analysis, interpretation and diagnosis, both Dr. Mather and Dr. Smith have worked as school psychologists and write their reports in accordance with federal and state special education laws, procedures and protocols.
A Psycho-Educational evaluation involves assessments of
the neural systems related to: lexical and semantic knowledge,
lexical retrieval, sound awareness and processing, horizontal
and vertical symbol identification, verbal reasoning, abstract
and deductive reasoning, visual-spatial and constructional abilities, memory functioning and cognitive shift. Additionally, measures of reading, writing and
mathematics are administered.
A Neuropsychological Evaluation is indicated when there
may be learning concerns and neurobehavioral concerns or neurodevelopmental concerns (e.g., inconsistencies with attention, inhibitory control, possible Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette’s, depression, etc.). The neuropsychological evaluation is slightly more expensive due to the additional testing that is conducted. The neuropsychological evaluation includes all the testing listed above and also includes assessments related to planning and organization, self-directed and sustained attention, inhibitory control.