Goal

Provides diagnostic (cognitive and psychological) assessment for children and youth with neurological or medical conditions that may affect brain functioning. The results of testing are provided in both a written report and discussed during a therapeutic follow-up appointment 2 weeks after testing. Specific treatment suggestions, referrals, and resources are provided. Test results are explained from an individualized cognitive strength/weakness profile.

Purpose

  • Oftentimes, children and youth with neurological or other medical conditions experience cognitive difficulties.
  • These children and youth may require a specialized assessment with a provider able to interpret the relationship between the brain-based disorders and the cognitive and emotional/behavioral functioning.
  • Treatment recommendations are aimed at maximizing functioning and minimizing distress.

Clinic Entry Requirements

  • Birth to 20-years-old
  • Carries or carried in the past a medical diagnosis which relates to brain functioning in some way. For example:
  • Seizures
  • Chromosomal/genetic abnormalities or suspected influence
  • TBI/Concussion
  • Anoxia/Ischemic events
  • History of low birthweight/Prematurity
  • Infectious history (e.g., meningitis, sepsis, toxic exposure or elevations, etc)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cancers
  • Systemic diseases
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Craniofacial anomalies and syndromes

Clinic Process

Board certified clinic neuropsychologist is lead clinician

Services provided include:

  • A 4 hour (max) visit where a clinical interview, neuropsychological and psychological testing are conducted
  • An in-person therapeutic follow-up session, two weeks later, is provided for a detailed explanation of test results, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. Kids, generally age 8 and up, are invited (at caregiver’s discretion including patient’s potential to benefit) for a strength-based feedback. In lieu of in-person sessions, follow-up sessions are provided via phone upon request.
  • Consultation with school districts is offered as needed to assist with continuity of care in translating the neuropsychological evaluation into real-world functioning
  • A formal report will be mailed generally within 3 weeks of the date of testing to the family and referring physician

Making a Referral

Location

Thompson Center

205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211