Assessing children

Special issues arise in the assessment of children because the neuropsychology theory and conceptual framework are different, the effects of specified lesions change with age, the pattern of recovery of function varies with age, extensive developmental norms, covering the age range, are needed, and children may be more stressed by tests or may find it harder to cooperate with test procedures. These and other issues are fully discussed in texts on developmental psychology, (44) paediatric neuropsychology,(45) and head injury in children. (46> Several children's tests have already been cited by name in preceding sections. In addition, many of the adult tests cited have also been standardized on children, often in subsequent research studies not necessarily carried out by the original test author. Examples of tests with children's norms are word fluency, design fluency, auditory verbal learning, the original Wechsler Memory Scale, the Stroop test, the token test, the trail-making test, Wisconsin card sorting, the paced serial addition test, and the progressive matrices test. There are also child norms on various memory tests not thus far mentioned, such as the Sentence Repetition Test(34) and the Benton Visual Retention Test-Revised. (4Z>

Funny Wiring Autism

Funny Wiring Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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