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Neuropsychological Evaluation
 
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological assessment involves the evaluation of cognitive abilities and psychiatric functioning using a battery of well validated, standardized assessment measures.                       
          
These evaluations can be used to help diagnose or rule out conditions as well as to describe the impact of a condition on a person’s functioning. 

A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment typically involves evaluation of the following areas:  
    • Intellectual abilities (e.g., IQ)
    • Attention/concentration
    • Learning and Memory
    • Language functions
    • Visual spatial skills
    • Executive functioning (e.g., planning, organization)
    • Academic achievement 
    • Vocational skills and interests
    • Personality/emotional functioning
 
In completing a neuropsychological assessment, an in-depth clinical interview is conducted, a comprehensive history is taken, and all available medical, psychiatric, vocational, and educational records are reviewed.  Findings are summarized in a detailed report and face-to-face feedback is provided.  Consultation with referral sources is provided as part of the overall evaluation.  A written report is provided to the patient and referral source.  The length of the evaluation depends on the referral question.   

Who is qualified to conduct a neuropsychological assessment?
A neuropsychological evaluation can be performed by a licensed psychologist with formal predoctoral and postdoctoral training focusing on brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological assessment.

Are all neuropsychological assessments the same?
No.  Although there are some central components involved in most evaluations, each neuropsychological evaluation is tailored to the needs of the individual client and the specific referral question in order to yield the most comprehensive information. 

How are the assessment results used?
Neuropsychological Evaluation results are used for the following:
    • To confirm or clarify diagnosis or disability
    • To document changes in functioning
    • To develop a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide treatment planning (e.g., rehabilitation, vocational, 
       educational or other services)
    • To provide appropriate compensatory strategies
    • To make recommendations regarding appropriate level of care and living arrangements for individuals with 
       Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia
    • To refer to other specialists such as cognitive rehabilitation professionals, neurologists, 
       psychiatrists, psychotherapists, or vocational counselors

 


 

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