It is well-known that children with an autism spectrum disorder often receive several misdiagnoses before being correctly diagnosed. Most neurodevelopmental problems (reading disorders, learning disorders, attention deficit disorder etc.) have symptom overlap. For example, the inability to sustain one’s attention to a boring task is a symptom of many neurodevelopmental problems not just ADHD. Without taking a thorough history and systematically sampling multiple domains, your child might receive a misdiagnosis. A neuropsychologist is trained to understand the correct questions to ask and tasks to give to arrive at the best diagnostic formulation. Dr. Bronk integrates the findings from neurocognitive domains assessed, to arrive at an understanding of the brain behavior relationship and the impact on academic, behavioral, and life skills performance.
Parents of children with a mild autism spectrum disorder may be puzzled by the fact that their child appears to be so smart and competent academically, yet struggles in school. Children with a mild autism spectrum disorder may experience subtle learning issues or difficulty with those behaviors that support academic success (organization, planning, remembering, problem-solving, initiation, focus, and/or social skills). These behaviors, which are referred to as executive function skills may be weak for students with an autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or learning disability. It is the role of the neuropsychologist to understand how problems in executive functioning interact with other weaknesses or deficits to impede academic and life success.