NeuroPsychology

NeuroPsychology

A neuropsychological evaluation can help in the differential diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric problems, and brain injury including but not limited to:

• Dyslexia and other Learning Disorders
• Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury
• Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
• Developmental Disorders
• Prematurity/Very Low Birth Weight
• Psychiatric Disturbances
• Prenatal Exposure to Drugs/Alcohol
• Conduct/Behavior Disorders
• Seizure Disorders
• Medical conditions that could impact brain functioning

A referral for neuropsychological testing is generally recommended
when there is:
(1) Traumatic brain injury or diseases of the CNS;
(2) A chronic or significant learning disability that does not seem to respond to educational intervention;
(3) A severe emotional or behavioral disturbance accompanied by possible learning or developmental delays that may be resistant to traditional psychopharmacological, psychological, or behavioral interventions;
(4) Acute onset of memory, cognitive, academic, speech/language, behavioral, or personality deficits that cannot be explained by other psychoeducational evaluations; and/or
(5) A child with known neurodevelopmental/learning challenges is facing a transition (e.g. start of school, transition to adulthood/college, foster or adoptive placement). In these cases a neuropsychological evaluation can offer specific strategies for treatment, educational intervention, and support services.

What to Expect
At Zia Behavioral Health neuropsychological evaluations are conducted for children (age 4 and older), adolescents, and young adults. Depending on the reason for referral, testing consists of measures of intellectual functioning, problem solving abilities, attention/concentration, memory, learning, visual-spatial skills, expressive and receptive language, social/emotional functioning, and/or adaptive functioning. A report is generated and provided to the referring person, legal guardian, and any other individuals as requested by the client and/or legal guardian. The evaluation process takes several weeks to several months and consists of five components:

1. Review of Collateral Information

a. Educational Records

(e.g. report cards, standardized testing results, teacher comments or concerns. If child is in special education must also have copy of current IEP and all special education diagnostic evaluations-- including cognitive, educational, speech/language, and OT reports.)

b. Treatment/Evaluation Records

(e.g. psychosocial, psychological, and/or psychiatric evaluations, treatment history and response, and admission/discharge reports for any placements or psychiatric hospitalizations.)

c. Medical Records

(e.g. medication history, medical records/evaluations/MRI’s from any accident or related medical condition that is the subject of the neuropsychological evaluation, results of most recent physical examination.)

d. Legal Records

(e.g. if the child is involved in the legal system, need legal status, copies of chronological offense record, applicable Court orders, probation or parole agreement, baseline assessment.)

2. Neurobehavioral Status Interview (child and parent)
3. Testing Sessions
4. Scoring and Report Writing
5. Review of Results/Consultation Sessions

Meet our Expert: Lorraine R. Freedle, PhD, ABPdN,
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Dr. Freedle offers highly specialized and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation and consultation services to provide specific information about your child’s brain development, along with individualized strategies to help your child learn and succeed in life. Dr. Freedle combines her background in social work, education, behavioral health and neuropsychology to create a thorough, child-centered, and systems approach to neuropsychological evaluation. She is committed to helping all of those who work with your child to develop an informed and strength-based approach to meeting your child’s unique needs.

Background
• Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology
• Board certified in Pediatric Neuropsychology through the American Board
of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN)
• Board certified in School Neuropsychology through the American Board
of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP)
• Professional Member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology
• Licensed independent social worker, school psychologist and clinical psychologist
• 20+ years experience in children’s behavioral health

To Make a Referral:
Contact Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN, Clinical Director at (505) 820-0262.