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About Neuropsychological Assessments For Children
At Brain Spectrum Neuropsychology, we conduct comprehensive psychoeducational, psychological, and learning disorder evaluations of children 6 to 12 years of age.

Dr. Thurlow’s assessments are comprehensive and her reports are clear and readable. Parents, teachers, and therapists love working with her not only because she is an astute diagnostician, but also because she is passionate about improving the lives of children and families.

Brain Spectrum offers assessments of school-aged children for the following:

How Can A Psychological Assessment Help Your Child?
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Dr. Thurlow’s philosophy is that every child who comes to Brain Spectrum deserves the kind of high quality evaluation that she would want for her own children.

At Brain Spectrum, we provide high-precision, evidence-based evaluations of psychological, educational, and learning disorders using a variety of methods to achieve a high degree of diagnostic accuracy when we assess our young clients.

We also recognize that your child’s comfort is paramount, so we pay extra attention to establishing rapport in order to make the experience as light and fun as possible.

What Is Our Process?

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Your first appointment is a parent-only interview during which Dr. Thurlow will obtain a thorough developmental history and detailed information about your child’s difficulties. This can be conducted in-person or via our telehealth platform. At the end of this appointment, Dr. Thurlow will discuss with you the type of evaluation that is best suited to your child.

Depending on the nature of the evaluation, your child will then be scheduled for up to three testing appointments. These in-person appointments typically last between two and four hours each, during which Dr. Thurlow will observe and interact with your child, as well as administer relevant tests. Parent, teacher, and other relevant questionnaires will be sent out by email.

What Results Can Be Expected?

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Once all sessions have been completed, all the information and data that has been compiled is then reviewed and interpreted. A custom evaluation report of the results is then provided at the end of a 50-minute parent feedback session.

Every client will be provided with their clearly written report of the results and with evidence-based recommendations. If indicated, recommendations will also include school recommendations for special education services through an IEP, or accommodations through a 504 plan.  The report can be kept private; shared with the school to demonstrate eligibility for special education services; or shared with the treatment team.


Dr. Cheryl Arutt, PsyD, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

"I have known Dr. Thurlow for 25 years and give her my highest recommendation! She is that special kind of expert who really listens, combining her deep knowledge and experience as a neuropsychologist with her compassion as a human/parent/friend to illuminate ways to really support and deeply understand young people whose brains work differently. Her evaluations improve lives, and I always know those I refer to Dr. Thurlow will be in excellent hands."

Dr. Mandy Moradi, Clinical Consultant Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

"I have collaborated with Dr. Thurlow in various capacities over the years. She is an exceptionally bright psychologist who is committed to the wellbeing of our neurodivergent community. There is wide variability when it comes to evaluation quality, and finding a professional who offers best practice evaluations using gold-standard measures can be challenging. Dr. Thurlow offers the kind of sensitive, thorough, and evidence-based assessments that I trust. I recommend Dr. Thurlow without hesitation."

Dr. Jesse Olague, Child Psychologist, Del Mar

"Dr. Thurlow is without a doubt the best diagnostician in San Diego. Not only does she have the experience and high-level skills to understand even the most complex cases, she is also incredibly compassionate and kind. Families and professionals alike love working with her. I trust her clinical judgment without reservation."

David Teitelman, parent of a neurodivergent child.

"Dr. Thurlow is a spectacular psychologist/diagnostician. I can attest to her expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and Neuro divergence. Dr. Thurlow was able to determine significant flaws in a previous evaluation of my neurodivergent child. With her help, we were finally able to obtain an accurate diagnosis after many years of struggle.

Dr. Thurlow's consultation, compassion, and support in obtaining an accurate diagnosis has truly been life-changing for our family."

888 Prospect Street, Suite 200, La Jolla, CA 92037