Children who have been treated for brain tumors may experience problems with learning, attention, memory and other cognitive functions. These problems can affect schoolwork, behavioral/emotional development and everyday life. Therefore, patients treated through the Duke Brain Tumor Center are routinely referred for a comprehensive pediatric psychology evaluation.
What is a pediatric psychology evaluation?
A pediatric psychology evaluation includes assessment of your child’s functioning across multiple domains (intellect, memory, attention, school achievement, ehavioral/emotional/social development, coping skills). The evaluation typically takes 3-4 hours and can be completed in one or more sessions, depending upon your child’s needs. Most children find the evaluation interesting and fun. A report of the findings is generated and reviewed with you and your child’s doctors. Additionally, the findings can be shared with schoolteachers and others involved with your child’s care if you request us to do so.
What are the benefits of a pediatric psychology evaluation? How do I know if my child should have one?
Your providers at the Brain Tumor Center consider serial pediatric psychology evaluations to be part of the standard of care for their patients. Results from the evaluation serve many purposes. If obtained early in the treatment process (baseline), it provides a measure from which to monitor your child’s functioning over time. This enables your child’s doctors to understand the impact of treatment on your child’s cognitive functioning and quality of life. It can also be useful in developing appropriate educational plans for your child at school. These evaluations will also identify areas that may require specific intervention. A list of recommendations will be offered in the report. Your child’s progress can then be monitored with follow-up evaluations.
Will my insurance cover the cost of the pediatric psychology evaluation?
Given your child’s medical condition, most insurance companies cover the cost of these evaluations. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining pre-authorization for this important service.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation please contact Melanie Bonner, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, at (919) 416-2443.