A neuropsychological evaluation consists of an interview about history and background. Testing involves paper and pencil, hands on activities, answering questions and computerized tests. Many neuropsychologist employ trained examiners, technicians, or doctoral students to assist with the administration and scoring of the tests.
No, I do not provide home sessions at this time.
My office is an air conditioned commercial building, so wear comfortable clothing.
A therapy session is 45-60 minutes after intial consultation.
The time required for the testing depends on the problems or referral questions. Often the tests may take anywhere from 2-6 hours which may vary on the processing of information. Some tests may be relatively easy and others more challenging, however, motivation and effort will provide a more accurate representation of the current issue.
It is important to bring glasses, hearing aids, list of medications, medical or school records, a snack as well as a good nights rest the night before. The overall testing most individuals find interesting, and the detailed information that is collected will contribute to the individuals care.
Testing results can benefit and be useful in a number of ways:
- Testing can offer a measure of the cognitive strength and weaknesses and
determine the brain changes or injury.
- Testing can explain academic problems, attention deficits as well as detect neurological problems or medical problems such as ADHD, mood disorder, cognitive decline (dementia).
- Testing can also provide the extent and quality of cognitive, emotional, or motor dysfunction. The neuropsychologist may work in collaboration with the physician and medical records for a diagnosis.
- Testing can provide potential course of recovery, calculate an estimated baseline (premorbid ability) level of functioning, formulate a diagnosis and determine a specific area of deficit.
- The evaluation can also offer and facilitate educational, vocational,
rehabilitational and treatment planning as well as psychotherapeutic intervention.
- Results can assist in planning treatments to best utilize the strengths to compensate for limitations while strategies are provided to improve target weaknesses.
- Lastly, the results provides a better understanding of interventions for the individuals mental well-being socially, at home and community reintegration (e.g., managing money, returning to work)