Our Pediatric Neuropsychology team at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s has training in both clinical psychology and in neuropsychology. They have specialized preparation in understanding how the brain develops. They use this training to evaluate and help manage children with central nervous system dysfunction and brain disorders. Such disorders may involve brain injury, medical disease or developmental problems. Pediatric neuropsychologists help parents, teachers and physicians to:
- Understand how problems with the brain may relate to problems seen at school, home or with peers.
- Understand how a child learns best.
- Understand why a child may have cognitive/memory problems.
- Help a child deal with thinking problems.
- Identify neurological problems.
- Help match expectations to a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
- Work with other doctors and teachers to develop the best treatment and school plan for a child.
Formal testing of abilities such as memory and language skills assesses brain functioning. The pediatric neuropsychologist conducts the evaluation, interprets the test results and makes recommendations for treatment. Often, the neuropsychologist will work closely with a physician to manage the child’s problems. Some pediatric neuropsychologists work closely with schools to help them provide appropriate educational programs for the child.