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Diane Pies Toby, Ph.D.

5007 Lincoln Ave

Suite 203

Lisle, IL 60532


What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive assessments of the student's brain functioning through the use of a diagnostic interview, behavioral observations, and neuropsychological testing.

 Neuropsychological tests are designed to :

  • Identify students' cognitive strengths, weaknesses and most effective learning style
  • Provide clarification when professionals are puzzled about a diagnosis
  • Determine possible contributing factors to sudden changes in cognitive, academic, or emotional functioning
  • Address the adverse impact of cognitive difficulties in work, school, personal, and social environments
  • Measure changes in cognitive status over time 

Who might benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation?

Students who: 

  • Are working as hard as they can at home, but are still underachieving at school
  • Have been evaluated by schools as having average achievement, but struggle with homework
  • Exhibit delays in social skills and are not receiving services at school
  • Students in the Response to Intervention Process who are not performing as well as they should

How long is the evaluation, and what should I bring?


The time required depends on the child’s age and problem, but usually the evaluation is four to six hours. Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep before the testing.

What to bring: 

  • If your child wears glasses or uses a hearing aid or any other device, make sure to bring them.
  • If the student is taking medication, please have him/her take it on the day of testing.
  • Please bring all previous school testing, an individual educational plan (IEP), and report cards if possible.
  • Please either bring medical records, or sign a release for Dr. Toby to talk to your/your child's doctor.
  • There is water available to the student but no other refreshments, so if the student usually has a snack during that time, a snack should be brought to the evaluation.

What should I tell my child about the evaluation?

The best explanation is simple and brief, and is related to the student's own wording, such as, "Remenber you said you had trouble reading/following directions/with feeling sad, etc. That's what this is for, to help you with that." 

Reassure the student/child that testing involves no “shots.”

Students of all ages often find the neuropsychological evaluation to be fun and interesting.

Some of the information in this website was based on a description provided by the American Psychological Association at

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