Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment

CLI NP615 - Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment

Credits: 3

This course examines normal and pathological patterns of the developing brain from a clinical and functional perspective. Current theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing brain-behavior relationships in children are discussed, as well as their application when using neuropsychological assessment measures. Students are introduced to available tests commonly used in pediatric clinical neuropsychological practice, and are provided with ample opportunity to practice administration, scoring and interpretation. Tests that assess attention, executive functions, memory and learning, language, visual-spatial processing, and sensorimotor abilities are emphasized. Furthermore, we discuss the utility of these measuring tools in identifying disruptions in brain systems and/or localizing lesions, including disorders that are diagnosed more commonly in children including ADHD, epilepsy, autism, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Lastly, the course will cover treatment recommendations for remediation and environmental support, especially as it pertains to maximizing adaptability within the environment and academic achievement. Pre-requisite: CLI NP530 - Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology