Summer is an excellent time to have your child or adolescent assessed given that the school year is over and demands and stress are low. Neuropsychological testing will help to identify learning, processing or emotional weaknesses or conditions that could compromise academic performance and functioning. Many parents we have worked with have found it very helpful to have a neuropsychological report and a road-map, so to speak, in place before the start of the school year. Avoid losing time or having problems worsen by testing over the Summer.

Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive procedure that measures and identifies the interaction between cognition, processing capacities, and psychological functioning and their impact on academic and daily behavior. This sort of comprehensive testing is recommended for cases in which a detailed but general overview of functioning is requested. Neuropsychological testing provides quantifiable data about the following mental functions:

Short-term and long-term memory
Problem solving and conceptualizing
Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
Attention, concentration, and distractibility
Logical and abstract reasoning functions
Ability to understand and express language
Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination
Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities
Functional impacts on learning and information recall
Academic achievement
Impact on the way a person thinks and feels as a result of the way their brain uses information

A neuropsychological evaluation will serve to confirm or clarify diagnoses such as, dementing conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s), developmental learning disabilities, attention/executive functioning disorders, developmental disabilities, and the effects of toxic chemicals or chronic substance abuse, to name but a few.

Testing results will offer specific recommendations to educators, consultants and employers, which can help the child, adolescent or adult adapt to the work or school setting.

We invite you to contact Ashburn Psychological Service’s Office Manager, Ms. Christine Kutt, to discuss your needs and how we can best be of service to you. Ms. Kutt can be reached directly at (703) 723-2999.