The neuropsychologist will meet with you (the parent/caregiver) and your child. You will be asked many questions about your child’s medical history, learning history, early milestones, social skills, behavior, and other skills. This is also an opportunity for the neuropsychologist to interact with your child and observe his/her behavior. This appointment usually takes 1 – 1 ½ hours, depending on the issues involved. During the initial consultation the neuropsychologist determines whether neuropsychological testing is needed. If testing is ordered, your child will return on a different day to complete this.
Preparing for your Consultation
Medical and school records are very helpful in giving the neuropsychologist a clearer picture of how your child’s problem has come about. If your child has had prior testing or services, we recommend that you send this information to us BEFORE this appointment so that the doctor can review it before meeting with you. Examples of records that might be helpful include:
- Medical records regarding major illnesses or injuries
- Psychiatric records/therapy records
- IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
- Prior testing or evaluation (through school, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.)
- Report cards or work samples from school that are relevant to the referral issue