Seattle Children’s provides neuropsychology consult services for patients who have been referred by their doctor and have previously been diagnosed with certain medical conditions.

Neuropsychology Evaluations

If your child is referred for an evaluation and qualifies for services, a neuropsychologist and psychometrist will conduct an evaluation to better understand the impact of your child’s medical disorder on their brain development by measuring: 

  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Perception
  • Coordination
  • Language
  • Personality
  • Cognitive skills – the skills your brain uses to think, learn, remember, pay attention and reason 

Neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists specializing in the relationship between the brain, learning and behavior. A psychometrist helps the neuropsychologist conduct an evaluation in a standardized way. The neuropsychologist and psychometrist conduct evaluations to understand how your child’s brain is developing and working.

Based on the results of the evaluation, which includes an in-depth interview with parents or caregivers, our team will offer expert opinions and tailored treatment recommendations through a follow-up appointment and a comprehensive report that families can share with providers, school officials and others in their community.

The results of your child’s first evaluation with our team will serve as a baseline so we can see changes over time when conducting the same evaluation in the future.

What is special about Seattle Children’s Neuropsychology consult service?

Our team in Neuropsychology is experienced in determining whether certain medical conditions affect your child’s brain development and developing treatment recommendations to meet your family’s needs.

  • We have special expertise in understanding how certain medical conditions can affect a child’s brain development and can affect learning and behavior. We are dedicated to helping your child reach their full potential. To do so, neuropsychologists work closely with specialists in other fields, like our Neurosciences CenterAutism Center and Neurodevelopmental program. We also have team members working in the Heart Failure Program and Brain Tumor Program to provide a more seamless experience for patient families.

  • Based on test results, observations, feedback from school officials and other healthcare providers and in-depth interviews with parents or caregivers, we will create a comprehensive report with our individualized findings and treatment recommendations. We will share the results with you in an easy-to-understand way.

    If necessary, we may participate in school meetings, including meetings to help your child qualify for a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program – documents that schools use to outline extra help and services they can provide to qualifying students.

    Our team may conduct future evaluations that we can compare to the results of the baseline tests to determine whether your child has made progress in different areas.

Conditions We Treat

The team receives referrals from other providers for patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, including: 

Children or teens may be referred to us because they have: 

  • Difficulty with learning, attention, behavior or socialization
  • Difficulty with emotional control
  • An illness, disorder or developmental problem that affects the brain
  • Brain injury from an accident, medical treatment or other physical stress 

Services We Provide

Our team provides neuropsychological evaluations for children and teens to measure: 

  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Perception
  • Coordination
  • Language
  • Personality
  • Cognitive skills – the skills your brain uses to think, learn, remember, pay attention and reason 

These evaluations identify areas of strength and need, and help with your child’s medical treatment, education, participation in therapy and participation in behavior management.

Our evaluations can also: 

  • Detect ways your child’s brain, learning and behavior are affected by a disease, injury, treatment or developmental problem, and may determine which areas of the brain are involved
  • Identify mild or subtle impairments to help with a diagnosis
  • Measure your child’s strengths and weaknesses to help predict how their condition and recovery will affect them in the future
  • Guide you and your child’s healthcare team in selecting treatments or strategies to help your child now
  • Establish a baseline that can help you and your child’s healthcare team make treatment decisions in the future
  • Assist you and your child’s healthcare team in making decisions about returning to school, work, sports and other activities
  • Explain the effects of your child’s condition on language, thinking, memory and other skills that have to do with processing information
  • Suggest coping strategies for your child and family 

Scheduling an Appointment with Neuropsychology 

  • If you would like a referral to Neuropsychology, talk to your primary care provider.
  • If you already have a referral, please call 206-987-6944 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you already have an appointment, learn more about what to expect

Contact Us

For more information, contact Neuropsychology at 206-987-6944. If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s provider for a referral.

Providers, see how to refer a patient.

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