Neuropsychological Evaluations and Testing for Memory, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury

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What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is a specialty that evaluates the relationship between brain function and behavior through the objective evaluation of memory and thinking skills. Our ability to use our brain (or cognitive abilities) can be affected by many factors including injury, disease, emotions, environmental stressors, substances, congenital conditions, and other health issues. Neuropsychology looks at and measures these abilities or functions.

What is a Neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychologists are – first and foremost – Licensed Psychologists. They have broad knowledge of brain-behavior relationships and have undertaken specialized training (beyond that required for other Psychologists) in order to become experts in the scientific study of behavior and the central nervous system.

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A Neuropsychological Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive functions and behavior using standardized test instruments and procedures. The evaluation will involve reviewing available records (including prior evaluations), interviews with the patient, gathering information from other sources, and the administration of appropriate tests. The amount of time required will vary based on the nature of the referral issues, the tests needed to do the evaluation, and the rate at which the patient can work on the tests. Neuropsychological Evaluations may be needed with children, adolescents, adults or geriatric populations.

When is a Neuropsychological Evaluation needed?

A Neuropsychological Evaluation is recommended when there are concerns about brain-behavior functioning. This may be prompted by observation of changes from prior abilities or the impression that functioning is not at the expected level. The areas where concerns might be noticed could include: memory, concentration, attention, language, perception, coordination, reasoning, judgment, organization, problem-solving, or personality. An evaluation may also be needed to track progress in rehab, recovery from an injury, or to measure improvement from intervention.

How are the results used?

Neuropsychological Evaluations may confirm or clarify an existing diagnosis, identify changes in functioning, provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses, measure improvement or simply document the extent of impairment in an individual. Upon completion of the evaluation, feedback is given and a report addressing the referral question is prepared. The report will be sent to the appropriate parties and may include recommendations. We do our best to work as a member of “the team” in collaborating with neurologists, physicians, rehab specialists, schools and other health professionals.

What do I do next?

If a referral has been made, or there is reason to believe a Neuropsychological Evaluation would be helpful for yourself or a family member, please call the office to discuss your situation in more depth. Our staff will obtain some basic information and schedule an initial consultation. It is a good idea to “round up” copies of medical or school records, and any prior evaluations for the first appointment.

Remember, we are here to help. Please contact us at 954-340-0888 and speak with one of our staff members for further information.