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?

Adult/Geriatric Clients

  • 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.