What to Expect
For information on visiting Seattle Children’s clinics, please see Your Child’s Clinic Visit.
To make the most of your appointment, please:
- Bring a completed Authorization to Exchange Patient Health Information Form (PDF). Please use this form to give permission to your child’s school or other community health or mental health providers to allow them to release information to our clinic and providers. If the patient is age 13 or older, their signature is required in addition to the legal guardian signature.
- Bring your child’s testing records, individualized education program (IEP) forms and report cards from school. Helpful information includes reports related to previous neuropsychological evaluations or speech-language therapy, and any school district, state or federal records.
- If your child is attending outpatient counseling, please bring any relevant notes.
- Make sure your child gets a good night sleep and eats breakfast in the morning.
- Give medicines as you normally would before the appointment and during the day.
- Bring everything that your child normally uses, like glasses, hearing devices and adaptive equipment.
For a neuropsychological evaluation, if your child is not verbal, both of you will meet with the neuropsychologist. You’ll talk about how your child has developed and their current social, school and behavioral abilities. The neuropsychologist will observe your child’s behavior.
If your child is verbal and able to take part in the testing, you will meet with the neuropsychologist while your child is tested by a different person (a psychometrist).
The testing for school-aged children and teens often takes one full day. For preschool children, testing can take a half-day. Nonverbal children might take 1 to 2 hours.
These points will help you prepare your child for their neuropsychological evaluation:
- Assure your child that there will be no pain or needles.
- Describe the appointment as a day of activities that involve things like listening, talking and remembering.
- Let your child know that you will be working with one person doing adult activities while your child does activities with another person.
- Let them know that you will be nearby. (Parents are not allowed in the testing room and are expected to remain in the waiting room.)
- If your child is older or a teenager, you might describe the day as being a little like a school day with testing.
- Let your child know that they can take breaks to use the bathroom and eat lunch.
Download the Rehabilitation Psychology Questionnaire (PDF).