A Neuropsychological assessment is conducted when someone is experiencing difficulty in their daily functioning, but their areas of concern are perhaps somewhat unclear. Some individuals feel that they are not thinking as clearly as they should, learning as efficiently as possible, or are experiencing other thinking-related difficulties. Neuropsychological testing can be completed with individuals ages 3 and up, through adulthood.
This evaluation is tailored to assess brain-based functions, including verbal and nonverbal processes, as well as memory, learning, attention and executive functioning. These factors may impact someone in school or at work, at home or in the community. Evaluations can also be useful in informing a physician’s medical work-up for developmental and neurological conditions, for noting age-related cognitive changes, and for assessing recovery of functions after an illness, injury or complex medical treatment. Neuropsychological testing can also be conducted in response to an individual’s somatic complaints that are of unknown origin. Behavior and emotional factors are also assessed and reviewed, as appropriate.
Similar to a psychoeducational evaluation, intellectual abilities and basic screening of fundamental academic skills (such as reading, writing and math skill) can also be incorporated into a neuropsychological evaluation. However, emphasis is placed on the specific domains of functioning that are areas of weakness more than how performance compares to educational expectations. Results are shared by way of an in-depth feedback meeting, individual specific recommendations, and consult with providers, as requested by the patient.
We also do assessments with older adults to assist their medical providers in determining if the individual is beginning to shows signs of cognitive decline.