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Clinical Training

Assessment: (~20 externs total)

Intervention: (1 extern each):

  • Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) therapy track
  • Gender, Autism and Neurodiversity (mixed assessment and intervention) consultation, assessment and therapy track

Neuropsychology assessment externs learn to administer tests assessing a broad range of neuropsychological functions, including intelligence, attention, executive function, language, visual processing, learning and memory, social cognition, fine motor skills and emotional adjustment. Externs are taught to interpret test data, formulate diagnoses and conceptualize each patient’s unique pattern of neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses, assist with report writing, and participate in clinical interviews and/or parent feedback conferences when possible. This service works in close consultation with Children’s National Hospital physicians and multi-disciplinary teams. This externship is designed for students who are interested in developing advanced skills in assessment of children-young adult patients, as well as those with a specific interest in the specialty of pediatric neuropsychology, either with a broad range of patient populations or a focused population (SCORE and CASD). 

A typical assessment training week would include one clinic day when the extern will be directly evaluating a patient (child-young adult) and scoring test instruments. The second training day allows for supervision, report writing and didactics. A typical therapy training week involves seeing patients on both days, individual supervision, multidisciplinary group supervision (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, speech and language) and participation in didactics.

Additional CASD experiences available to all externs (depending on their schedule) include: weekly multidisciplinary team evaluation discussions, case conferences and didactic seminars with our clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, speech and language pathologists. In addition, students participating in assessment placements may have opportunities to participate in group and individual therapy.