How is diagnosis performed?
Neuropsychological assessment consists of administering a set or battery of tests or questionnaires with an aim to identify, describe and quantify the cognitive, behavioural and emotional alterations caused by brain damage, as well as those functions that have been preserved.
Complete neuropsychological assessment must incorporate the test results with observation of the child’s behaviour as well as information provided by the patient’s family members and teachers.
What functions are assessed?
The child’s intellectual capacity.
Reading, writing and maths.
Attention span and speed of processing information.
Memory and ability to learn new things.
Language and communication.
Visual perception, visual construction and motor coordination.
Executive functions (ability to plan and organise, cognitive flexibility, inhibition capacity).
Emotional functioning and behaviour.
After diagnostic assessment, the paediatric neuropsychologist will propose a specific rehabilitation programme for each child.
The intervention will include working with the child, their family and their school. The school is involved because it is a complex environment that requires academic, social and behavioural skills.