Children's Hospital Colorado
Rehabilitation Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine

Outpatient Neuropsychological Evaluations

Neuropsychological and multidisciplinary evaluations of children and teenagers with complex medical histories are available through the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. Our comprehensive, high-quality neuropsychological and multidisciplinary evaluations can provide:

  • Insights into your child's strengths and needs
  • Practical recommendations to support optimal functioning, address school concerns and manage emotional or behavioral problems
  • Coordination of care with the primary care provider, educators, therapists and other relevant personnel
  • Recommendations in a comprehensive evaluation report

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Our pediatric neuropsychologists use knowledge of the developing brain to assist with diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for children and teenagers with neurological disorders. A neuropsychological assessment helps determine a patient's:

  • Thinking
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Communication abilities
  • Reasons for cognitive or behavioral struggles

Simply put, a neuropsychological assessment provides information on how your child's brain works and how to manage or treat any identified problems. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation typically involves:

  • A full-day appointment including parent and child interviews, the evaluation itself and parent questionnaires
  • A feedback session to discuss the results
  • A report with many recommendations

Who needs a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological assessment may be provided to children and teens who display cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical and/or school difficulties as a result of their medical condition.

Our outpatient assessment services are designed for patients with:

Because these conditions are often complex and affect multiple systems within a child's body and brain, a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation is best. That's why we use a Multidisciplinary Outpatient Rehabilitation Evaluation for our neuropsychological assessment.

What is a Multidisciplinary Outpatient Rehabilitation Evaluation (MORE)?

The MORE we offer in our Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Program is an extensive team-based assessment for patients who have complex needs involving:

  • Cognition
  • Learning and memory
  • Executive processes (planning, reasoning, organization, etc.)
  • Attention
  • Processing speed
  • Communication and language
  • Visuospatial processing
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Academic achievement
  • Adaptive functioning
  • Social, emotional, and behavioral functioning

Because it's a multidisciplinary approach, several doctors and experts from different disciplines will be involved. The primary focus of a MORE is to assess the child's current level of functioning in the areas above. Our team works together to provide specific insights and an integrated summary of the findings.

A multidisciplinary evaluation includes:

  • Multiple evaluations, which take place over the course of 2-3 days
  • Involvement from rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, speech and learning, occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or social work
  • A separate feedback session to discuss the results with the team psychologist/neuropsychologist
  • A comprehensive report with recommendations specific to your child

Contact us

For more information about our MORE assessments or to schedule an appointment, call 720-777-5470.

For healthcare professionals

To refer a child for an outpatient neuropsychological assessment:

  • The child must have a qualifying medical condition.
  • Caregivers will be contacted within 72 hours of the time of referral to complete a brief phone intake.
  • Referrals are reviewed to determine eligibility and the most appropriate type of evaluation (neuropsychological or multidisciplinary) is assigned.
  • Assessment plan and results will be shared with the caregiver and referring provider.

To refer a patient for an outpatient assessment service, contact the Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Program at 720-777-5470.