Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted for a variety of reasons. Specific tests are used depending upon the referral question being asked. For example, parents may bring their child for a neuropsychological assessment because the child is having trouble reading, and they may be interested in learning disorder testing. Alternatively, their concern may be attention difficulties, so they may be seeking an ADHD assessment or ADHD screening. An additional common concern is the possibility of an autistic spectrum disorder. Generally, neuropsychological evaluations assess one’s functioning in general cognitive ability, memory and learning, executive functions (including attention and inhibition), language, visual-spatial and visual-motor skills, and processing. Additionally, academic, behavioral, social/emotional, and personality measures are often incorporated in order to provide a holistic understanding of the child or adolescent. This evaluation also includes a thorough interview with the parent about the child’s developmental history.

Neuropsychological measures commonly included in a neuropsychological evaluation are listed below:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale, Fourth Edition (WMS-IV)
  • Children’s Memory Scale (CMS)
  • California Verbal Learning Test, Second Edition (CVLT-II)
  • Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML)
  • NEPSY, Second Edition
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)
  • Rey Complex Figure
  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, 6th Edition (VMI)
  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)