In the United States, Dyspraxia is diagnosed through a neuropsychological evaluation.
Typically, your family physician or medical specialist will refer you to another medical professional such as a psychologist or a neuropsychologist for evaluation.
The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to see how your brain is functioning. The evaluation may include an interview with the neuropsychologist to discuss your concerns, pencil and paper assessments, and/or computer exercises. These evaluations help doctors understand what difficulties you may have, rule out other illnesses and disorders, and recommend the types of treatment that could help you overcome challenges and improve your quality of life.
Below are examples of the types of assessments, or tests, you may be asked to complete:
- Cognition (your ability to think, understand, learn, solve problems and make decisions)
- Perception (how well you take in what you see or read)
- Verbal communication
- Motor (walking, coordination, etc)
Once the tests are done, results are calculated and scored compared to others in the same age, education, sex and gender groups. The neuropsychologist will go over the results and write a report. It will include a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment, if any is needed.