Medical Disabilities
Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our FAQs.  If you can’t find the answer below, feel free to reach out to us via phone or online contact form.

How do you know if your child should have a neuropsychological evaluation for a medical condition?

It is difficult to define specifically when to come for a neuropsych evaluation based on a medical condition as there are a variety of medical conditions that might have neuropsychological sequela. Most often, parents or individuals consult with her primary care physician, psychiatrist, or neurologist and are referred for further evaluation. In addition, some individuals who experience difficulties with attention, memory, and cognitive speed following medical issues also seek out neuropsychological evaluations.

What medical conditions might require a neuropsychological evaluation?

This difficult answer in a short form as many medical conditions may have neuropsychological sequela. However, the most common medical issues that are followed up with psych evaluations are:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussions
  • Epilepsy
  • PANDAS
  • Pediatric cancer

What documentation do you provide as part of a neuropsychological evaluation for a medical condition?

The neuropsych report is often the most essential documentation for the cognitive sequela of medical conditions. The report goes through a detailed analysis of the individual’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses as well as what areas were likely impacted by their medical condition.

What support services does Neuro-Psych Doctor offer after the medical evaluation process?

Although Dr. Malkin does not provide ongoing therapy for individuals with cognitive impairment due to medical issues, he does provide consultation and referrals to professionals who provide these services

Should you get an evaluation after the child has recovered from their condition (if applicable) to make sure they’re back on track?

If everything is going well and a child doesn’t experience any difficulty the evaluation is not necessary. However, children may appear to be doing okay at home and in school, but may be struggling to keep up. You may not know how to express what is going on or who to turn to to explain their difficulty.

Often, children in these situations may display other issues such as behavioral problems or emotional difficulties when in fact their issues come from a neuropsychological background. Because of this, it is important for teachers and parents to be very sensitive to issues going on with their children after these medical issues and seek appropriate evaluations if they have any concerns.