Pediatric Neuropsychology is a professional specialty concerned with learning and behavior in relationship to a child’s brain. Our pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are associated with the development of brain structures and systems. Formal testing of abilities such as memory, language skills, and motor functions assesses brain functioning. Here at Premier Psychological Services in Houston, TX, our neuropsychologist conducts the entire evaluation, interprets the test results, and makes recommendations for a full report. Often, we will work closely with your child’s pediatrician to manage your child’s difficulties. We will, if needed, work closely with schools to help them provide appropriate educational programs for your child.
School assessments are usually performed to determine whether a child qualifies for special education programs. They focus on achievement and skills needed for academic success. Generally, they do not diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development.
Neuropsychological testing, most importantly, provides a better understanding of the child’s behavior and learning in school, at home, and in the community. The evaluation can guide teachers, therapists, and you to better help your child achieve his or her potential.
Kimberly Rennie, Ph.D. is a pediatric neuropsychologist who received her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her internship in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis. Dr. Rennie then went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Rennie has significant experience with the evaluation of children and adolescents with acquired and traumatic brain injuries, neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and Autism, as well as patients with medical and genetic conditions that impact their neuropsychological functioning. Dr. Rennie came to us from a pediatric rehabilitation hospital where she provided both neuropsychological evaluation and intervention services. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Rennie maintains an adjunct faculty position in the School Psychology Department of the University of Houston. She has also authored a number of articles and presentations on understanding the neuropsychological sequelae of chronic and acute medical conditions.