Will a neuropsychologist answer my question?
A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist who is specially trained in understanding how our brain impacts thinking, learning and behavior. Clients will reach out to a neuropsychologist if they are concerned about a loved one, have noticed changes to thinking, learning or behavior, or want to get a sense of how best to support a struggling family member.
Some of the questions I am often asked to answer include:
Parents/Caregivers of Infant/Pediatric Clients
- Is my child developing in an age-appropriate way, or are they behind or delayed?
- I’ve noticed other children can do things my child is not yet able to do, should I be concerned, or will they catch up?
- Does my child have a learning disability or ADHD?
- It seems like my child has memory problems, is there something I can do to help?
- My child has epilepsy. How do I help their teachers understand the diagnosis and maximize their success at school?
- After heading the ball in soccer, my child has a concussion. Does that mean they have brain damage?
- My child seems to be struggling with peers, do they have Autism?
- My child’s grades are slipping, is the material too hard or is there something else going on?
- I think my child belongs in a gifted and talented program, can you help?
- Dad seems to forget things more than he used to. Is this just normal aging?
- Mom got lost going to the grocery store, but she’s been there hundreds of times. Should I be concerned?
- A family member’s behavior has changed rapidly. He is acting out and spending his retirement savings out of nowhere. What’s going on?
- Grandma just had a stroke. What can we expect as she recovers?
- Should we take dad’s keys away?
- Does my parent need an assisted living facility, or are they safe living independently?
This is just a sample of questions that I commonly hear. I’d encourage you to reach out to the practice if you have a concern about yourself or a loved one, and I’ll be glad to discuss it with you.