Lancaster: 717-208-6599 Wyomissing: 484-987-7116
As a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsycholgy, Dr. Lucas is trained to understand the brain, how it works, and how it affects behavior and learning. So, when we evaluate a child who is struggling in school or at home, our focus is to understand how that child's brain is working and how it's affecting his or her learning and development. Also, providing schools and parents and their child with interventions and treatment recommendations that are effective
"School Neuropsychology requires the integration of neuropsychological and educational principles to the assessment and intervention processes with infants, children and adolescents to facilitate learning and behavior within the school and family system. School Neuropsychologists also play an important role in curriculum development, classroom design and the integration of differentiated instruction that is based on brain-behavior principles in order to provide an optimal learning environment for every child" (Miller, 2004).
More comprehensive than an a traditional educational evaluation, including only standard IQ and academic achievement testing, and/or behavioral rating scales, neuropsychological evaluations involve a series of tests that examine the many thinking skills that affect learning, social interactions, and other behaviors. We look at the child's abilities as they relate to attention and executive functioning, which includes the ability to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention to details, and maintain attention over time.
Additionally, Dr. Lucas looks at the development of the child's visual perceptual processing to investigate how well they understanding how objects are relate to each other in space, which is especially important for success in math and science.
Assessment of language processing abilities shows us how well a child may be carrying out a variety of classroom activities, such as following instructions, reading, writing and successfully interaction with others. Dr. Lucas looks at memory and learning skills to better understand how different kinds of new information is processed and stored by the brain, and later recalled.
Perceptual motor skills require the processes of perception and motor movement to occur at the same time; Dr. Lucas assess perceptual motor skills to measure fine motor speed and coordination, which are important components of academic activities such as handwriting, cutting, tracing, copying, and manipulation small objects. It is also important to investigate social functioning for developing skills that help children to interact well with peers and adults in order to develop friendships over time.