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Neuropsychology General

Going Beyond Diagnosis

July 15, 2020

Gathering data on the extent to which one is similar to or different from an established “norm” is only helpful insofar as it clarifies a path through which one can more authentically express one’s uniqueness, or difference from the norm.

Neuropsychologists use established psychometric tools to measure cognitive abilities of an individual in comparison to a statistically established norm, based on the highest frequency of incidence of a certain trait or aptitude.

Dyslexia and ADHD are considered “learning disorders” because they describe ways in which individuals do not fit with the current model for education. As neuropsychologists, we must acknowledge this “not fitting” by using a diagnosis so that formal accommodations or interventions may be implemented. Next, we must go beyond diagnosis, to help come up with a path that does fit for the child, so that he/she can lean in to his/her unique learning style without unnecessary obstacles or resistance.

For more on this topic, check out this brilliant book by Jonathan Mooney: