Assessment Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Who should come to the appointment?
Ideally, both parents should be present for the initial interview and feedback session. On the testing days, any adult can accompany the child.
What should I tell my child?
Most children think that coming to a clinic and/or visiting a doctor means they will get a shot. Let them know that no shots are given in neuropsychology. Let them know why they are coming in for testing. You can describe it as being more like school. They will be doing activities that involve listening, remembering, using their hands to construct things or draw pictures, solving puzzles, and working on a computer.
Tell them that they will be given breaks to use the bathroom, snacks if they get hungry, and a one-hour lunch break. Let your child know that you will be waiting nearby while they work alone with the neuropsychologist.
What should I bring to the first appointment?
Please bring the following to your first appointment, or mail them ahead of time:
What should I bring to the testing days?
What are your recommendations for food and rest before the appointment?
Give your child the opportunity for a good night’s sleep the day before the appointment. We want your child to be well rested so he or she can give their best effort.
Make sure your child eats breakfast on the appointment day. Bringing breakfast to the appointment is not a good idea as the child can become distracted.
You are encouraged to pack some snacks for your child, although we will also have snacks available. If your child has any dietary restrictions, peanut or food allergies, please let the doctor know immediately.
What about lunch?
If testing occurs over an entire day, you and your child will be given a one-hour lunch break. There are fast food and casual sit down dining establishments in the surrounding area.
Can I watch my child being tested?
When testing children younger than 3, parents are often present in the room. For children older than 5, parents are not allowed to watch testing due to standardized protocols. Occasionally, for a non-compliant or anxious child, we might ask to have a parent sit in briefly during the testing, but we ask that you refrain from giving answers.