How does neuropsychological assessment differ from the testing provided by a clinical psychologist or school psychologist?

The pediatric neuropsychologist holds a doctoral degree in psychology with specialized training in their area of practice, typically including two years of post-doctoral work; while the school psychologist typically hold a master’s degree and sometimes a doctoral degree.  The pediatric neuropsychologist and school psychologist may use some of the same tests; however, the school psychologist is typically testing to determine eligibility for special education, while the pediatric neuropsychologist typically performs a more comprehensive assessment and examines patterns of scores across different tests to come to conclusions about the child’s development, attempting to define a pattern of strengths and weaknesses to inform treatment. The pediatric neuropsychologist works to understand where the child is having trouble and why.  Unlike most school psychologists, the pediatric neuropsychologist is able to render a diagnosis that the child may require in order to receive the appropriate medical, educational, and developmental treatment and accommodations to reach their full potential.

The pediatric neuropsychologist may look at a broader range of skills, evaluating skills not usually tested by the clinical or school psychologist, including: