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Treating Children and Adults

The Neuropsychology Section is composed of specialists in the study of brain-based skills. The Section has a long-standing program of federally funded research into reading and attentional disorders with the National Institutes of Health.

They have been one of the major, federally funded dyslexia research sites for the last 15 years. The program is distinctive in that research knowledge serves as the basis for the in-depth clinical evaluations. Research has focused on dyslexia in particular, one of several distinct learning disabilities, which is a specific language-based disorder that may affect early language development and acquisition of reading skills.

Assessment Services

Faculty and staff provide a wide range of assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults. Assessment services include neuropsychological evaluation, which consists of a variety of tests to measure brain-based difficulties like those associated with head injury, neurological disorder or brain trauma.

Additionally, there is a heavy emphasis on assessment of learning disabilities. We offer specific evaluations for early reading skill development in children age 5 and up, including risk of dyslexia.

Treatment Services

Specialty treatment areas include cognitive remediation for a variety of disorders, including memory, organizational and attentional impairment. Neuropsychology services also include specialized consultation and treatment for reading disorders, as well as psychotherapy.

Tutoring by a certified Wilson Reading System teacher is available for students of all ages with reading disabilities and language disorders. Tutoring sessions are generally one-on-one, although group sessions are occasionally available. Furthermore, the section teacher specializes in working with English as a Second Language (ESL) students, including assessment and remediation.

Professional Development Training

Given its strong history of research and clinical expertise, the Neuropsychology Section offers professional development training for groups and institution. Such training includes group sessions in reading assessment and reading intervention, like that used in a school or teaching environment.

Neuropsychology personnel provide training to teachers in learning disability assessment and remediation of students who are limited English proficient (LEP).  Focused Spanish-language training for teachers and other school personnel is also available.

Individual section members regularly provide workshop and symposium lectures on a variety of topics.

  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Reading remediation
  • Attentional disorders
  • Forensic testimony
  • Ethics

Predictive Assessment of Reading

The Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR) is a highly reliable instrument designed to measure reading skills in children K-3. The PAR can accurately determine if a child is at risk for reading disability and tests phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and word identification. A version of the PAR has also been developed for the Hispanic population.

The PAR can be administered individually in our clinic and is also licensed for group use through the Office of Technology Asset Management at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Technology Asset Management at 336-716-3729.


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