Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists conduct detailed assessments to assist in the diagnosis of brain disorders and to facilitate effective treatment planning. In addition, neuropsychologists make recommendations to help patients reach their education or vocational goals. At The Clinic our neuropsychologists not only help clarify potential diagnoses, but determine which skills and strategies will be most effective to optimize overall brain function and foster general well-being.
A neuropsychological examination can be used to evaluate various aspects of brain functioning. These may include:
Referrals to a neuropsychologist are often made by healthcare professionals or educators and can be useful in determining treatment and management approaches, such as classroom placement for students who have learning issues. Some of the common reasons a patient or student is referred to The Clinic for a neuropsychological assessment are:
The initial interview is dedicated to establishing initial assessment and treatment goals and permits our clinicians to answer questions you or your family member may have about our services. Next, you will be asked to complete a series of tasks designed to assess cognitive skills such as: attention, learning and memory, processing speed, language, visuospatial abilities, and executive functioning. Some tasks will be easy; others will be more complex. The assessment may be scheduled over one or more appointments. Following testing, the clinician will analyze the results, compare them to results from people who are like you in significant ways, and prepare a comprehensive report. Finally, your provider will meet with you to review the assessment results and offer recommendations.
Get a good night’s sleep before the examination, and be sure to bring any hearing devices or eyeglasses you may need to complete the tasks, as well as, any previous test results and related medical records. Also, coordinate medication dosage times with our neuropsychologist prior to the examination. You will probably find the examination interesting and the detailed results gathered will contribute to your care.
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