The assessment of learning disorders by neuropsychologists differs from school psychologists in that a school psychologist’s job is to determine if a learning disorder exists and if that condition makes the child eligible for additional services and supports. A neuropsychologist’s role is to determine if a learning disorder is present, what impact is may have on other aspects of learning, behavior, or socialization, and how it might best be addressed. School psychologists and neuropsychologists have a great deal of overlap in their test use and understanding of learning disorders, however neuropsychologists have specialized education and training in both brain and behavioral disorders, as well as emotional functioning and well-being; neuropsychologists are private practitioners whereas school psychologists work for the school district and may be limited in their assessments. It is not uncommon for school psychologists to refer children to neuropsychologists for additional evaluation and treatment; nor is it uncommon for one to be present at a child’s educational planning meeting.
Evaluations are helpful in identifying early signs of learning difficulties, determining why a child is not responding to interventions, planning appropriate educational goals, understanding the impact a psychological or medical condition has on learning and academic achievement, identification of giftedness, and differentiating between specific learning disabilities.
Please note that educational testing is typically not covered by insurance, as it is not deemed as being “medically necessary”. Dr. Daniel’s fees for assessment are consistent with those charged by others with her level of education and experience.