Dr. Kris Robinson, Dr. Victoria Mueller, and Dr. Charlotte Pennington provide neuropsychological testing services to children, adolescents, and adults at Hill Country Therapy & Testing. Neuropsychologyis a branch of psychology addressing the association of learning, emotion, and behaviors with brain development and functioning. Assessment in this area involves the use of standardized tests and procedures. Why neuropsychological assessment?
Make diagnostic conclusions and rule out conditions
Obtain Independent Educational Evaluations to assist with educational planning, accommodations
Develop a profile of strengths and challenges to aid educational, vocational, home, and rehabilitation planning
Identify learning and processing styles
Get recommendations (including referrals to other sources such as therapists, tutors, speech-language pathologists, physicians, etc)
Apply for testing accommodations for college entrance and professional examinations
What is the process like? An initial telephone consultation will help in determining if neuropsychological assessment is appropriate. If all parties agree to testing, a one-hour interview will be conducted to gather medical, developmental, psychological, social, educational, and vocational histories. Relevant information is also gathered from teachers, physicians, therapists, and other professionals. Approximately five hours (in two or three sessions) of testing is then performed. Three weeks later, a feedback session in the office details the results. Clients and referral sources will receive reports which include background information, a list and explanation of tests and results, diagnostic impressions, and, most importantly, recommendations based on the findings. The recommendations may include school accommodations (for Individualized Education Plans and 504 Plans, such as extended time for tests, copies of notes, audio books, foreign language suggestions), medical consultation, therapy, tutoring, referrals to other specialists, compensatory strategies, study/organizational skills, and vocational/home guidance. The providers frequently see clients who have received partial assessments elsewhere and need a more in-depth and complete analysis. Additionally, Independent Educational Evaluations can be provided for school districts. Much effort is devoted into forming rapport with children so that they are as comfortable as possible with the process. Parents and adult clients come away with a wealth of information and recommendations based on profiles of strengths and challenges. What concerns can be explored through neuropsychological testing?
Learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia
Nonverbal learning issues
Auditory processing and language disorders
Social pragmatic problems
Twice-exceptional issues (e.g. gifted and learning/attentional problem)
Learning styles and related compensatory strategies
What can be tested? The test battery is comprehensive and individualized based on specific needs, but can include:
Memory and learning skills
Executive functioning (organizing, planning)
Academic achievement (reading, writing, and math)
Fine motor skills
Behavioral, social, and psychological domains
Dr. Robinson also conducts testing for peace officers and pre-surgery screenings for Spinal Cord Stimulator placement.
Hill Country Therapy & Testing 1021 RR 620 S, Ste B Lakeway, TX 78734 512-551-9356