Common Concerns

A neuropsychological evaluation can help address any number of concerns that you may have for your child or yourself. Here is a list of common concerns that our comprehensive evaluations can identify and address (click on the links to read more):

Learning Challenges and Disorders

Attention and Executive Functioning

Anxiety/Emotional Regulation

Medical/Neurological

Social Challenges & Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

Learning Challenges and Disorders

Learning challenges and disorders refer to any number of difficulties that a child or adolescent may have in academic settings, including trouble with reading, writing, math, organization, and attention. As a result of learning challenges, some children, although intelligent, are unable or barely able to meet the demands of a core curriculum despite rigorous effort. For other children, differences in the way they learn can make the process of learning slow and immensely difficult. These difficulties in mastering material and learning at the pace of one’s peers can be incredibly frustrating for both students and parents, and it can have long-term effects on a child’s emotional well-being and self-esteem.

A major goal of our neuropsychological evaluations is to identify and address any learning difficulties. Our assessments help to clarify the specific and distinctive learning challenges and strengths of an individual. Through a detailed assessment and individualized report, we are able to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for our clients’ specific learning difficulties. This allows students who struggle in academic settings to overcome their challenges, and it provides them with strategies for academic success.

 

 Attention and Executive Functioning

Through our comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, we are able to identify and address difficulties in attention and executive function. Executive function refers to a broad set of skills that include flexibility, working memory, planning and monitoring progress towards goals, organizational skills, and self-monitoring/self-regulation. Problems with executive function may lead to difficulties in impulse control, practical problem-solving, establishing goals and following through, organizing materials and thoughts, and short-term memory. These skills are extremely important in academic and work-related settings, as well as day-to-day life.

Difficulties in executive functioning are often linked to attention-related problems, such as ADHD/ADD and impulsivity. Symptoms of attention-related challenges include constant fidgeting, excessive talking, feelings of inner restlessness, a tendency to multitask rather than focus on one activity, and possible trouble with regulating emotions (resulting in temper tantrums and outbursts). Other symptoms of attention-related problems are less easily recognized; some children and adults with attention challenges may daydream quietly or have a tendency to “space out” and miss things.

Many children and adults have problems with attention and executive function, and these difficulties can prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. Our comprehensive neuropsychological assessments identify attention- and executive function-related challenges, and we develop a detailed treatment plan (including recommendations for medication management, daily routine, and strategies for academic and vocational success) on an individualized basis.

 

Anxiety and Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation refers to the modulation of emotions—particularly negative ones—in response to experiences. Many children and adults experience some form of emotional dysregulation, in which emotional responses are not modulated properly. This can lead to a variety of emotional challenges, the most common of which is anxiety.

Everyone experiences some level of anxiety in day-to-day life, but some people struggle with high levels of chronic and/or crippling anxiety or fear. This anxiety and stress may interfere with behavioral/social, academic, or work-related function, including the individual’s ability to get things done and think clearly. Some people are naturally more sensitive than others, and they have a tendency to feel overwhelmed. In some children, this sensitivity may manifest through behavioral problems; sensitive and anxious children often throw temper tantrums or lash out when they feel overwhelmed. Other children may become withdrawn or disengaged. Adults who are sensitive to feeling anxious may be constantly stressed or worried, experience overwhelming fear and helplessness, or find it difficult to relax. Most importantly, high levels of anxiety and stress compromise an individual’s quality of life.

Our inclusive and unique neuropsychological evaluations identify difficulties with emotional regulation, including problems with anxiety, stress, depression, and social fears. We are able to clarify the roots of an individual’s sensitivities, and in our detailed and individualized report, we include recommendations for management and treatment.

CAAT emphasizes comprehensive care across a lifetime, and so we also offer individual, group, family, and couples therapy to address specific symptoms and challenges that arise from emotional dysregulation. Click HERE for more information regarding therapy options.

 

Medical/Neurological

Our evaluations help to identify and address the unique needs of clients who are, or are suspected of being, affected by problems related to birth prematurity, genetic disorders, seizures, and brain trauma.

Medical conditions such as genetic disorders, seizures, and brain trauma in individuals over 5 years old are addressed through our inclusive and detailed neuropsychological assessments. These medical complications can lead to a range of social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges, and it is CAAT’s goal to help clarify and manage these challenges through ongoing evaluation and support. With our comprehensive assessments, we are able to identify weaknesses in an individual’s neuropsychological profile that may be related to medical or neurological problems. In our detailed and individualized reports, we offer recommendations and personalized treatment plans for managing these challenges. We also provide ongoing follow-ups and monitoring after evaluation to track changes and adjust treatment plans as necessary.

Concerns about a young child’s development after a premature birth or due to other medical/neurological conditions are most often addressed through our comprehensive developmental evaluations. These evaluations can identify changes or ongoing difficulty in a child’s behavioral regulation and social, emotional, motor, and language development due to a medical/neurological condition. If you have concerns about your young child’s development, please click HERE.

 

 

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