Neuropsychological Evaluations are conducted in our office in Glastonbury. Through the use of standardized cognitive and psychological assessment measures, the Neuropsychological Evaluation identifies strengths and weaknesses in cognitive processing abilities, learning skills, and social/emotional development for the purpose of informing educational programming and therapeutic intervention. When appropriate, clinical diagnoses are also provided.
Some common conditions assessed for include: ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, and Anxiety. Referrals for Neuropsychological Evaluations are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or by other community medical/mental health care providers.
What to know about the appointment:
1. Typically takes a full 4-6 hours to complete.
2. Begins with a consultation with parents and Dr.
3. After consultation child will begin testing with Dr.
4. Break for lunch usually around 12:00 for 1 hour.
5. At end of consultation, discussion of initial impressions of evaluation outcome with complete written report to follow.
School-based Psychiatric Evaluations are conducted in coordination with the child's school district to assess emotional obstacles that may be interfering with their educational participation. Evaluations are conducted at the child's school, in our Glastonbury office, and/or via video conferences depending on what is most appropriate for each referral. Referrals for School-Based Psychiatric Evaluations can only be made by the child's school district.
Lisa B. Namerow, MD conducts a school-based psychiatric evaluation by reviewing all past evaluations provided, obtaining history from parents, and school team, and conducting a clinical interview with the student. If there are outside providers, and the family provides written consent, the providers are contacted following the evaluation in order to obtain additional history. A written report and verbal consultation is then provided to the school, family, and relevant community providers outlining clinical impressions and treatment recommendations.
It is important to note that in contrast to a neuropsychological evaluation that utilizes standardized instruments during the assessment, a psychiatric evaluation utilizes clinical interview and integrates findings from the interview with the history obtained and the prior educational and psychological evaluations that have been performed.
The IPNE is a multi-disciplinary evaluation that combines Neuropsychological and Psychiatric evaluations. This option is most appropriate for students with more complex needs and students struggling with combined neurodevelopmental challenges and emotional/mental health concerns. After each of the evaluations is conducted, the neuropsychologist and psychiatrist then collaborate in order to provide an integrated formulation of the findings and to generate comprehensive recommendations for intervention both in the child's school as well as in the community. Referrals for IPNE's are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or community providers.
Speech and Language Evaluations are available as a stand-alone assessment or can be conducted in combination with Neuropsychological Evaluation.
Evaluations can focus on speech, language, and social communication. Deficits within speech would include areas such as, apraxia, dysarthria, phonological processing and articulation. Evaluations targeting language and social communication would include areas such as pragmatics, following directions, generating stories, making inferences, taking perspectives as well as auditory processing and phonemic awareness. Recommendations for all these areas would include how to incorporate needs into the school environment and recommendations will be made regarding how to move the student forward.
Evaluations are mainly completed in the office; however, with special requests or for special circumstances evaluations can be completed at the school. Referrals for Speech and Language Evaluations are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or community providers.