Notes from the Sensory Integration Parent Support Group,
newsletter called: 'Sensory Integration News' (October 1, 1996),
'Meeting Review' from their presentation
presenter Penny Prather, Ph.D.
Details regarding what neuropsychology testing may include:
1. Developmental, academic and family history
Are there particular rick factors?
2. Current adjustment and challenges for the child (may be either
academic or social)
What is the referral concerns to be addressed?
3. Formal testing: test data to inform profile includes:
a. General cognitive abilities measured using
an intelligence test (i.e. WISC)
4. Observational data
What skill are above
average? What skills are below average?
b. Attentional skills
c. Executive functioning processing
d. Language processing (including verbal
("Are vocabulary and
grammar where they should be for this age?")
e. Social cognition and processing
f. Visual/spatial and constructional
(including visual memory)
g. Motor, sensory
h. Personality variables/emotional status
i. Academic achievement
This history, test data and observational data are then integrated
to suggest a profile of the child. Recommendations for
are made that may involve the child's academics, social skills, or
environment. Report will make referrals for treatment.
Additional note from a talk on neuropsychology testing:
Real difficulty arises for many children in the 3rd or 4th grade
when learning becomes more complex. Task must be managed and
as opposed to being done automatically. Children learn to read in
grades 1 - 3 and need to read to learn after grade four.
Here's an article with some more details from two other doctors:
by Katherine D. Tsatsanis, Ph.D. and Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.