Infant and Early Childhood Assessment

  • Glen P. Aylward
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Neuropsychological assessment of infants and young children is a fledgling area. This type of evaluation was previously accomplished by means of a neurological examination performed by a pediatric neurologist or a developmental examination administered by a developmental psychologist. There has not been complete concordance between the two assessments since underlying neural function or maturation is not necessarily reflected in developmental acquisitions. Because the aims of these assessments and the information derived from each can overlap and differ, boundaries have not been clearly defined and the area has been essentially relegated to a “no-man’s-land” status. Recently, general interest in neuropsychological assessment has grown rapidly, so it is logical that this interest should also extend to children 4 years of age and below. However, despite the obvious need for theoretical frameworks and acceptable techniques, few exist currently.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen P. Aylward
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  1. 1.Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Departments of Pediatrics and PsychiatrySouthern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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