FAQ/Forms & Resources
What is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist?
A Pediatric Neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in brain-behavior relationships.  She understands how the development of a child’s brain structures and systems is associated with learning and behavior.

What is Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment?
A neuropsychological evaluation assesses a child’s functioning in the areas of intelligence, achievement, memory, attention, executive skills, perception, coordination, language, and behavioral/emotional functioning.  This information will help create a more thorough understanding of the child’s overall 
strengths and weaknesses and assist the child’s family, educational team, and treatment team develop interventions that will meet the child’ unique needs.

Does my child need a neuropsychological assessment?
Your child may benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation if they have difficulties in learning, attention, behavior, or social/emotional difficulties.  Children with developmental difficulties and neurological illnesses or injuries also greatly benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation.

Is there a waiting list to see Dr. McDowell?
Dr. McDowell makes every effort to meet your appointment needs in a timely manner.  There is occasionally a waiting list, especially for the afternoon hours.  You are encouraged to contact Dr. McDowell as soon as you anticipate the need to schedule an appointment.

What are Dr. McDowell’s office hours?
Dr. McDowell’s office hours are generally from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evening and weekend appointments may be accommodated under special circumstances.

Does Dr. McDowell bill insurance?
Dr. McDowell will clearly review her fees and policies with you during your initial phone call. All insurance options will be reviewed.  Dr. McDowell is not on any insurance panels.   As a courtesy to her patients, Dr. McDowell does provide insurance billing.


Web links and resources:

American Psychological Association

California Psychological Association

Orange County Psychological Association

Association for Play Therapy

National Academy of Neuropsychology

University of California, Irvine - Child Development Center

The Help Group

Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Department of Education - Special Education Resources

Learning Disorders