Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic

Goal

Provides diagnostic (cognitive and psychological) assessment for children and youth with known or suspected neurological or medical conditions that may affect CNS functioning. The results include a cognitive strength/weakness profile and specific treatment recommendations for medical, educational, vocational (age dependent), and social functioning.

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
  • Known or suspected medical/neurological condition that relates to CNS 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
    • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Cancers
    • Systemic diseases
    • Muscular dystrophies
    • Craniofacial anomalies and syndromes
  • Exclusion criteria: Patient not more effectively served through LD/Cog or ADHD clinics.

Method

  • 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. Youth, 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 available to assist with continuity of care in translating the neuropsychological evaluation into real-world application
    • A formal report will be mailed within 3 weeks to the family and referring physician

Making a Referral

Complete the Online Referral Form

Call 573-884-6052

Location

Thompson Center
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211