Differential Diagnosis in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Contributions from Neuropsychology.

Neuropsychological assessment is playing a central role in the care of children and adolescents. Neuropsychological and multidisciplinary centers receive numerous families seeking a comprehensive evaluation. One of the most common reasons for referral for neuropsychological assessment is academic and/or behavioral difficulties in educational and family settings. Professionals in the medical field, such as doctors, pediatricians, neurologists, neuropediatricians, or psychiatrists, refer individuals to complete a medical diagnosis or to understand the consequences of a known or suspected neurological developmental disorder.

Neuropsychological assessment is a complex procedure that begins with reviewing neurodevelopmental variables and generating clinical hypotheses, which then determine the definition of an evaluation protocol to identify strengths and weaknesses. In other words, it aims to understand the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of the individual’s phenotype. Additionally, the assessment considers the impact on daily functioning, social participation, and quality of life.

The monographic session will feature four speakers who will present four clinical cases in which neuropsychological assessment has made a significant difference in medical, psychological, or educational diagnoses.

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact Paco, who is copied on this email.


Pontificia Comillas University, Madrid. Spain

Current position: Director and clinical neuropsychologist
Institution: NeuroPed Pediatric Neurodevelopment Center
Professional category: General health psychologist, accredited clinical neuropsychologist
2009. Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in the Neurosciences Doctorate Program (UCM).
2007 – 2009: Master in Neurorehabilitation. Guttmann Institute. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAM)
2005 – 2006 Research period. Doctoral Program in Neurosciences (UCM).
2004 – 2005 Teaching period. Doctorate in Neurosciences UCM.
2002 – 2004 Master in Clinical Psychology: Evaluation and intervention of child and adolescent disorders. At the Institute of Language and Development (ILD).
1997- 2002 Degree in Clinical Psychology (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas).

2013 – Present. Pediatric clinical neuropsychologist and Director of the Neurodevelopment Center NeuroPediatric NeuroPediatric
NeuroPed Pediatric Neurodevelopment Center
2011 – 2013. Pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice (Madrid) and collaboration as a freelance professional with the neurological
freelance professional with the neurological clinic Dr. A. Barrio.
2007 – 2011 Department of Neuropsychology and Department of Research and Teaching of the Institute of Neurorehabilitation
of the Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Institute of Barcelona.
2003 – 2007 Evaluation and intervention in private practice of school-age children.
2002 – 2004 Supervised psychological evaluation and intervention of children and adolescents at the Institute of Language and Development. Madrid
2003 – 2004 Evaluation and treatment at the Child Neurology Clinic Dr. A. Barrio.
2022 – Present: professor Expert in Forensic Neuropsychology – UAM
2020 – Current: Professor Master’s Degree in Child Neuropsychology ITACA.
2018 – Current: Professor of General Health Master’s Degree in Neuropsychology Loyola University. Andalucía
2016: Summer Course UNED. Approach to neuropsychology through the stages of life: Childhood, adulthood and childhood, adulthood and aging.
2013 – Present: Professor Master in Child Neuropsychology Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)
2013 – Present: Professor Master’s Degree in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. Camilo José Cela University. Madrid
2013 – 2018: Professor Online Master’s Degree in Child Neuropsychology. Pablo Olavide University. Sevilla
2011 Professor in Official Master in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and cognitive stimulation. University Institute of Neurorehabilitation Guttmann (UAB).

2015 – 2018 and 2022 – current: Professor in Master and postgraduate courses at Instituto Superior de Estudios Psicológicos (ISEP).
Psychological Studies (ISEP). Madrid
Zumárraga Astorqui L (2023) Intellectual developmental disorder. In Onandia-Hinchado; del Olmo. Manual de neuropsicología Infanto Juvenil. Psara.
Zumárraga Astorqui L (2017). Childhood Intellectual Disability. In Arango Lasprilla, Juan Carlos, Diego Rivera, and Laiane Olabarrieta, eds. child neuropsychology. Manual Moderno.
2016 Zumárraga Astorqui L. (2016). Principles of child neuropsychological rehabilitation. In J.M. Ruiz Sánchez de León (Ed.). handbook of pediatric neuropsychology (pp. 331-361). Madrid: Printing On Demand (POD). (ISBN 978-84-608-8235-0).
García-Molina A, Gómez A, Rodríguez P, Sánchez-Carrión R, Zumárraga L, Enseñat A, Bernabeu M, Tormos JM, Roig Rovira T. (2010). Cognitive telerehabilitation clinical program for (ISSN:1888-6116) Vol. 24 nº 1. January March 2010 Fundación Mapfre, 24(1)
Portellano, JA., Zumárraga, L., Martínez Arias, JR. (2009). ENFEN – Assessment of Executive Assessment of Executive Functions in Children. TEA ediciones SA.
Current President of the Madrid Association of Neuropsychology. Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Spanish Neuropsychology Associations (FANPSE).