Children may be referred because of behavioral issues, developmental problems, educational issues, illness, or injury. The issues may be in the home environment, their progress in school, or their peer relationships. Conditions such as ADHD, learning disabilities, or autistic spectrum disorders are common reasons for evaluation.
Adults may be referred for such problems as memory loss, decline in performance on the job, or personality change. Medical patients may need testing to help plan treatment after a brain injury or a stroke. Testing is also used in the evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia.
The types of behaviors that might indicate the need for evaluation or treatment include:
- Memory loss
- Attention and concentration problems
- Difficulty organizing and planning
- Difficulty communicating
- Changes in spatial skills
- Difficulty writing or reading
- Disturbed thinking or confusion