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A description of preschool neuropsychological assessment in the P.I.N.T. Clinic after the first 5 years. Clin Neuropsychol 2009 Jan;23(1):51-76

Date

07/09/2008

Pubmed ID

18609330

DOI

10.1080/13854040801945052

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-58149109043   6 Citations

Abstract

Assessment of preschool-aged children constitutes a dilemma for many neuropsychologists because of a limited set of standardized measures with normative data as well as inadequate understanding of typical developmental trajectories for neuropsychological functions during the first years of life. However, numerous neurological disorders, medical disorders with central nervous system involvement, and even psychiatric disorders have their onset during this time and subsequently impact cognition by altering functional developmental trajectories. Comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can help to delineate this alteration in developmental trajectory and assist in determining need for specific interventions services so that they can be implemented early as possible in hopes of reducing developmental cognitive impairments. In this descriptive report, potential preschool neuropsychological evaluation procedures are described and a discussion of appropriate reasons for referral and pertinent testing considerations is presented. Additionally, the Preschool and Infant Neuropsychology (P.I.N.T.) Clinic is presented to describe a methodology for conducting preschool neuropsychological assessment.

Author List

Heffelfinger AK, Koop JI

Authors

Amy Heffelfinger PhD Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Jennifer I. Koop Olsta PhD Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adaptation, Psychological
Attention
Child
Child, Preschool
Cognition Disorders
Developmental Disabilities
Female
Humans
Language
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Memory
Motor Activity
Neuropsychological Tests
Problem Solving
Psychometrics
Visual Perception