Conclusion

Neuropsychological assessment of pediatric age patients is an important component of documentation of the presence of a disorder subserved by the central nervous system, of a nature that may present as a psychiatric disorder, stubbornness, failure to apply oneself to learning, or related behavioral or cognitive problems. By relating the maladaptive or dysfunc tional behavior (or misbehavior) to its cortical substrates, neuropsychological assessment provides diagnostic explanatory information that can represent a major source of understanding of the disorder, as well as provides rationale for the development of appropriate treatment and intervention.

The precise nature of the measurements involved, when compared with the more clinical measures used in neurological or neurosurgical evaluation, provide highly quantifiable and reliable data that can be compared to normative expectancies, used to measure responsiveness to a given drug or dosage of a given drug affecting the central nervous system, tracked over time to assess improvement or decline, or used to predict ecological phenomena such as potential to perform certain tasks. In this regard, neuropsycholo-gical assessment can be used for determining whether a child may be safely cleared to return to a sport activity, expected to perform at a given expectancy level for an academic task, or to expect success in a given curriculum focus or pedagogic procedure.

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ADOLESCENT BRAIN MATURATION • BRAIN DEVELOPMENT • COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, OVERVIEW • DYSLEXIA • LANGUAGE DISORDERS • MENTAL RETARDATION • NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

Understanding And Treating Autism

Understanding And Treating Autism

Whenever a doctor informs the parents that their child is suffering with Autism, the first & foremost question that is thrown over him is - How did it happen? How did my child get this disease? Well, there is no definite answer to what are the exact causes of Autism.

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