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The NEPSY-II (Korkman, Kirk, & Kemp, 2007) is a comprehensive instrument designed to assess neuropsychological development in preschool and school-aged children from 3 years to 16 years, 11 months. It has a strong theoretical foundation that emphasizes the interrelatedness of brain operations.


The full assessment evaluates six domains, including Executive Function and Attention, Language, Memory and Learning, Sensorimotor, Visual-Spatial Processing, and Social Perception. The Social Perception domain has been added to the original NEPSY. It includes Affect Recognition and Theory of Mind, which would be beneficial particularly for evaluating children with possible AU. Performance is reported in standard (scaled) scores, process scores, and percentiles. Behavioral observations are presented as cumulative percentages or base rates.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
NEPSY – Second Edition (NEPSY-II) Korkman, Kirk, & Kemp (2007) 3-17

Individually administered (by clinician), norm- referenced measure of neurological status; 32 subtests across 6 domains; can select general assessment (brief), diagnostic and selective assessment (in-depth), or comprehensive (all subtests)

Yields subtest scores, standard scores, process scores, and behavioral observations (cumulative percentages, base rates)
45–90 min.: preschool; 60–120 min.: school ages, depending on subtests selected

Executive Function, Language (includes Phonological Processing and Speeded Naming); Memory and Learning, Sensorimotor Functioning; Social Perception (including Affect Recognition and Theory of Mind); Visuospatial Processing

Availability: Pearson Assessment & Information,


Author (yr) Sample Size Topic(s) Addressed Outcome
NEPSY – SECOND EDITION (NEPSY-II) Rassmussen et. al (2013) 62 - Age Range: 6-16 years This study examined the sensitivity of the NEPSY-II in identifying the pattern of neuropsychological impairments in children with FASD. Children were tested on the following subtests of the NEPSY-II: Attention and Executive Functioning (animal sorting, auditory attention/response set, and inhibition), • Language (comprehension of instructions and speeded naming), • Memory (memory for names/delayed memory for names), • Visual-Spatial Processing (arrows), and Social Perception (theory of mind).

The NEPSY is an effective tool for measuring neuropsychological impairment patterns in children with FASD. Children with FASD displayed a pattern of results with impairments on measures of executive functioning, language, and memory.

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