Neuropsychology and School

Neuropsychology and School

Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.and Ron Savage, Ed.D.
A student with a TBI or traumatic brain injury can benefit from neuropsychology. Many educators and schools are unfamiliar with neuropsychology and how this specialty can help a student with an acquired or traumatic brain injury. This tip card helps families, educators and therapists understand what a neuropsychologist does, select a neuropsychologist, make a referral for an evaluation, and request useful information.
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Neuropsychology can help educators understand the effects of a TBI on a student. This tip card explains when and why an evaluation by a neuropsychologist can help educators, therapists and parents understand changes in behavior and learning in a student with a brain injury (TBI). It gives tips on how to choose a neuropsychologist, what questions to ask, how to prepare a referral and how to gather information needed from parents and educators on classroom performance. It explains what to expect from the evaluation, including test reports, consultation and follow-up.

Pages 8
Year Third edition, 2011


Ron Savage, Ed.D.

Dr. Savage has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with neurological injuries and disabilities for over 25 years. Dr. Savage is the Executive Vice President of the North American Brain Injury Society. He is the former Executive Vice President of the Neurosciences Institute at Bancroft NeuroHealth in New Jersey, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services at The May Institute in Massachusetts and Director of Clinical Services for Rehabilitation Services of New York.

In addition, Dr. Savage has taught at the elementary and secondary school level as a classroom teacher and as a special educator. He has also taught courses at several colleges and universities. Dr. Savage is the former Chairperson of the Pediatric Task Force for the National Brain Injury Foundation, the former Co-Chairperson of the International Pediatric Task Force for the International Brain Injury Association, and is a founding member of the American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists.

Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.

Marilyn uses her social work experience and research in pediatric rehabilitation to develop sensitive and practical guides for families, educators, and professionals. Marilyn's specialty is helping families cope with the emotional impact of brain injury and developing strategies for negotiating the complex service system. Now President and Senior Editor of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, she focuses on developing user friendly publications for families, educators, and clinicians.


This tip card helps families, educators and therapists...

  • understand what a neuropsychologist does
  • select a neuropsychologist
  • make a referral for an evaluation
  • request information

Who is a neuropsychologist?

Why contact a neuropsychologist?

When to involve a neuropsychologist?

How to find a neuropsychologist?

  • Choosing a neuropsychologists
  • Tips on what to ask

Sharing and getting information

  • What information can parents provide?
  • What information can schools provide?
  • What information can the neuropsychologist give?
  • What to expect from an evaluation?
  • Who pays for a neuropsychologist?
  • What about follow-up?
  • Tips for follow-up by parents



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Who is a neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychologists have special training to evaluate how a brain injury affects learning, communication, planning, organization and relationships with others. Already trained in psychology, the neuropsychologist specializes in the relationships between the brain and behavior.

Choosing a neuropsychologist

Look for a neuropsychologist experienced with...

  • students with brain injuries of similar age
  • stage of recovery or time since injury
  • schools and special education
  • developing an IEP or special educational plan
  • compensatory strategies for learning and behavior

Tips on what to ask...

  • Do you observe the student in the classroom?
  • How do you decide what tests to use?
  • How can you help classroom teachers?
  • What information will school staff receive?
  • What information will family members receive?
  • What follow-up do you provide?