A neuro-developmental evaluation comprises a complete neurological assessment, including tests of mental abilities, verbal and communication skills, and tests of sensory and motor function, placed within the context of a child/adolescent’s developmental age. This assessment seeks to determine if there are underlying biological and/or structural causes for often complex events and behaviors. A neurological assessment can be useful in determining the nature of a child’s learning challenges, when testing for specific learning disability has not been conclusive.
An autism-specific evaluation focuses on the child’s developmental history within the first 5 years of life, as well as his/her current social, language, communicative, and motor planning abilities, in order to determine the presence of a spectrum disorder. In these cases, it is important to “rule in/out” other distinct conditions which can give rise to autistic behaviors or symptoms. The neurologist also seeks to determine whether there are co-morbid conditions that could further impact on the student’s function or well-being.