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Cognitive measurement

Growth hormone deficiency and treatment with growth hormone can have an effect on the cognitive functioning of an individual. We have monitored the effect of treatment through all stages of the growth process. We have used a number of standardised tests and questionnaires to monitor cognitive and psychosocial changes during treatment. Where a potential problem has been identified we will use standard IQ and reading tests to identify in broad terms where a likely problem occurs. This will give us information on visual, performance, memory and reading abilities. This will allow us to identify specific gaps in the child’s cognitive abilities.
• Reading speed task
• Reading comprehension task

We also use standardised instruments to assess psycho-social and behavioural effects. These instruments include:
• CBCL parents and teacher, including school achievement;
• Birleson Child version (emotional stability)
• Silhouette Apperception Test (self evaluation of height)

Where specific problems are indicated more detailed neuropsychological testing explores specific cognitive performance areas making use of other tests which tap specific cognitive components with a higher degree of theoretical precision based on modern, contemporary cognitive psychology. The neuropsychological tests used are drawn from the NEPSY test battery. The QbTest computerised test for sustained attention and impulsivity has also been used in order to assess ADHD symptoms.

This methodology will enable us to, in detail, study how different cognitive components are related to hormonal abnormalities and to growth hormone treatment.

Page Manager: Lena Lehto|Last update: 9/30/2016

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