I offer Neuropsychological Evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6-26 who are struggling to fulfill their potential due to medical, learning, processing, or social-emotional factors. I also offer Neurodevelopmental Evaluations for children younger than 6, with a focus on social and play skills. Other services can be provided based on a family's needs. Not sure what you need? Find out more about your options here:
A consultation is the right first step if you aren't quite sure what you need. Maybe you know something is going on with your child, but you wonder "Is it just a phase?" You might be asking yourself, "Is this really a problem, or just a bump in the road?"
Or, maybe you suspect a learning or processing problem, and you want to know more about your options. Who can you talk to? Are there books or websites you could look at? If your child needs an evaluation, what kind of testing would be best? How do you go about getting an evaluation?
Consultations are also a great option if your child had an evaluation somewhere else, but you don't understand the results. You'll have someone who can cut through the jargon and help you make sense of the results.
Every child develops at his or her own pace. We often expect development to be a straight line. Yet for many kids, development is uneven or wobbly. These children shine in many areas, and need a lot of support in other areas. Uneven development is most frustrating when a child can't yet meet expectations in some area that is important to them, like school, home life, or friendships.
Neuropsychological evaluations offer insight about your child's specific pattern of development. You'll discover your child's unique strengths as well as his vulnerabilities. You'll learn how your child thinks and feels, why he has trouble with some tasks, and what he needs to be successful.
Maybe you have a great team who works with your child, and you are looking for someone to explain your child's profile to the team.
School meetings, program reviews, and professional collaboration are all ways to make sure everyone's on the same page and pulling together to support your child.
My primary focus is pediatric evaluations. I occasionally see adults when there is a question that is best answered by an evaluation with a strong developmental focus. Examples include:
Assessment for possible learning disabilities in an older college student
Assessment for possible autism spectrum disorders in young adults
Follow-up evaluations of an adult with a medical issue that affected development (e.g., an adult with a genetic syndrome identified at birth)
Assessment of young adults with developmental delays
See What Families Had to Say:
“Dr. Nelson - Thank you so much for your evaluation and testing of Alex. This was a very positive experience. We thank you so much for your expertise but also for your compassion. Alex is still talking about how nice you were to him! You truly do what you were meant to do.”
- The B. Family