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Understanding

Young People’s Neuropsychology

A specialist service with heart

Neuropsychologists working with young people go through extensive evidence-based training to understand what happens to the developing brain during childhood and adolescence after a traumatic or acquired brain injury. A brain injury inevitably impacts on the acquisition of functional skills and cognitive efficacy. 

We provide assessment, therapy and neurorehabilitation for young people affected by traumatic or acquired brain injuries. We also work with other issues associated with these conditions such as trauma and mental health.

A complete neuropsychological assessment explores a young person’s thinking, behaviour, and problem solving skills, to understand their strengths and weaknesses. This can then be used to inform clinical treatment. Frequent issues include:

• Memory

• Attention and concentration

• Language skills

• Visuospatial processing

• Academic skills such as reading or maths

• Executive skills

• Family and social environment

• Social skills and friendships

In addition to assessment and treatment, our service also includes advice, consultation and training for rehabilitation colleagues and support teams, and for education professionals. Given the longer term nature of many conditions, review and longer term monitoring and re-assessments through important transitions are offered.

Each programme of rehabilitation is carefully put together to complement the work of other professionals, such as specialist Case Managers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Nutritionists. 

Contact Us Make a Referral

 

First Steps

Beginning the Process

You’re welcome to give us a call to discuss the possibility of a referral. Or you may wish to fill in a referral form via our website, or send us an email or letter. In most cases we are asked to complete an initial assessment prior to intervention. Young people are welcome to meet us at our comfortable offices near Chester, or, if they prefer, we are happy to travel to their schools or homes, or somewhere else that provides a neutral, safe space for us to talk. Virtual meetings using online media are also an option.

The length of the interview will vary depending on the young person’s ability to cope, e.g. taking into account any fatigue or difficulties concentrating. If they struggle with lengthy interviews, the assessment process can be broken down into shorter periods of time. They may wish to have a family member present, or another person, to provide support.

Occasionally neuropsychological tests may be requested by the referrer – or recommended by the clinician – as part of a more comprehensive assessment process. After the full assessment is completed we will write a report, including information about the young person’s circumstances and needs; and with bespoke recommendations for individual treatment and collaborative work within a multidisciplinary team.

Our Expertise

Dr Jo Neal

Prior to training as a Psychologist, Jo spent 15 years as a Youth Worker, working with young children right the way through to teenagers. This experience was built upon during her NHS and university placements with CAMHS and within the Learning Disability service. After completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005, and moving into private practice as a Neuropsychologist, she has continued to work with teenagers with an acquired brain injury (often Cerebral Palsy), and with those who sustained a traumatic brain injury during childhood, leading to increasing difficulties in relationships and in cognitive development as they mature. She also considers it important to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, to offer support to family members, and to provide training and consultation to school staff.

Dr Vanessa Huke

Vanessa completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2020, having obtained an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010, and a PhD in Psychology. She is registered with the HCPC. She has a passion for Neuropsychology, particularly in relation to rehabilitation for children who have sustained a brain injury, either at birth or later. She has experience with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, and considers it important to work with the families too. She is skilled in working with children and adolescents resistant to change. She is a strong team player, and supports an interdisciplinary and holistic approach
Jasmin Dobson, Assistant Neuropsychologist

Jasmin has an infectious enthusiasm for life, and children and young people always tell us they enjoy her sessions. She obtained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Neuropsychology in 2020, and is a Graduate Member of the BPS. She works under clinical supervision, and has developed multimedia programmes on memory, social skills, and emotional resilience for use in therapy sessions. She is an excellent communicator and an active participant in multidisciplinary teams

What We Offer

Assessment and clinical intervention
Neuropsychological testing
A collaborative and holistic approach
Advice and consultation
Training
Review, long-term monitoring and re-assessment

Our therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centred, drawing upon:

Systemic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness
Solution Focused Therapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Transactional Analysis
Motivational Interviewing

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