Brain: Cognition and Behavior
Children grow and develop at different rates. Sometimes developmental skills lag behind other children’s, and a doctor may want his/her patient to have an evaluation of cognitive abilities including thinking, learning, attention, and memory. For some children, these gaps in functioning are explained by differences in how the brain is developing.
With expertise in brain functions and child development, neuropsychologists are specially trained to answer the question, “Why does my child think, learn, or behave differently?”
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
What information is provided after an evaluation?
All information is summarized in a report, and results are shared with parents/caregivers during a feedback session.
What ages are appropriate at this pediatric neuropsychology clinic?
Preschool through college-age. For individuals over 21 years, we recommend evaluation with an adult neuropsychologist.
When is it appropriate to refer?
At our clinic, services are limited to patients with medical or neurological conditions that affect the brain. Children with the following conditions are commonly referred for neuropsychological evaluation:
Do you offer services for patients without medical or neurological conditions but who have learning, attention, or emotional adjustment problems? Our providers primarily see patients with documented medical or neurological conditions that affect brain functions.
For children with learning problems - We recommend psychoeducational evaluation through the local school district.
For children with attention problems - We recommend referral for a psychological evaluation.
For children with disruptive behavior or mood and anxiety concerns - We recommend referral to a mental health provider for assessment and treatment.
For children 10 years and younger with social communication challenges and concern for possible diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder - We recommend multi-disciplinary evaluation through the Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics.
For children over 10 years with concern for possible diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, refer for autism-focused evaluation.
How do I make a referral for a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation at Randall Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation?
A child’s doctor needs to refer for this medical service. We recommend that the referring doctor request prior authorization from the patient’s insurance company. (A letter for referring providers.)
The referring doctor is asked to fax these documents to 503-413-3063 prior to your appointment:
Follow-up with Oreatha Johnson, Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic Coordinator (503-413-4620), for additional questions or to check the status of a referral.
For our scheduled patients, please visit this page for further information.
Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic Coordinator: Oreatha Johnson (503-413-4620)
Randall Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Suite 2225
Portland, OR 97227
RCH Pediatric Neuropsychologists