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A neuropsychology evaluation includes a series of paper-and-pencil tests and activities that help St. Jude staff understand how your child thinks, learns, and behaves. The screening lasts 2.5 hours. The appointment is part of the Sickle Cell Assessment of Neurocognitive Skills (SCANS) Program.
All St. Jude patients with sickle cell disease have SCANS Program appointments every 3-4 years.
The results help:
Your child should have a good night of sleep, eat a good breakfast, and take medicine as usual on the day of testing. Please have your child wear their glasses or hearing aids to the appointment.
SCANS Program visits are done in the St. Jude Psychology Clinic. The clinic is in Room BP071 on the Patient Care Center’s Plaza level.
You or another parent or guardian should bring your child to the SCANS appointment.
The staff will talk with you and ask questions about your child.
Your child will do one-on-one tests and activities. These involve spoken, written, and computer-based responses. Your child will not get any shots, X-rays, or physical tests.
After the appointment, you will get your child’s test results in the mail.
A St. Jude neuropsychologist will also talk to you about the results and suggest things that could help your child. For example, it might help to set up a school plan. A St. Jude school advocacy coordinator can help you set up this plan.
A school plan might include:
The neuropsychologist might also suggest other services. These could include:
If you have questions about the SCANS Program, please call 901-595-7946 or talk to your child’s St. Jude doctor or nurse.
Reviewed: July 2022