Our practice offers comprehensive and focused neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. A neuropsychological assessment involves a set of performance-based standardized tests, behavioral observations, and clinical interviews to evaluate how a person processes information and regulates behavioral and emotional responses. By integrating multiple sources of data instead of relying on a single diagnostic technique or instrument, it is a very accurate and thorough way of gathering information about a person’s cognitive development, learning style, and/or psychiatric condition.
The scope of an assessment is customized to address the referral question, and may include the following areas:
- Attention and Focus
- Executive Functioning (Mental Efficiency and Self-Regulation)
- Visual and Verbal Memory
- Language and Speech
- Visual-Perceptual and Spatial Abilities
- Sensory-Perceptual and Motor Abilities
- Academic Achievement
- Emotions, Behavior, and Personality Development
When should I consider Neuropsychological testing?
- The initial diagnosis is not clear
- Behavioral problems at home or school.
- Delayed development in speech or any other skills
- Problems in learning new material
- Difficulty with focusing
- Difficulty controlling anxiety
- Getting emotionally overwhelmed
Why is my child not learning?
A child can have problems with learning because of several reasons. Believe it or not sometimes it is not because a child is not intelligent. In fact gifted children can have a lot of difficulty with learning because for them the work is too easy. There will be ongoing conflict between a child and its environment until and unless a child’s intellectual potential and learning style is identified.
The results of a neuropsychological assessment are typically used to confirm or rule-out the presence of intellectual, neurodevelopmental, learning, or psychiatric disorders, to measure responses to current treatments or other interventions, and/or to determine further support or accommodation is required to help the person manage demands of school, work, or home life. Detailed recommendations are designed to guide optimal cognitive and psychological adjustment and inform future educational, therapeutic, and vocational planning.
A neuropsychological assessment begins with an intake interview to collect information on the person’s functional and treatment history. For younger children and teens, parents or primary caregivers should plan to attend this meeting. Adults may attend alone, although it may be helpful for partners, close family members, and/or friends to participate and provide information.
Following the intake meeting, the person will meet with the psychologist to complete neuropsychological testing, which consists of a variety of written and verbal activities using a computer and/or paper-and-pencil. Testing is generally administered over one or two sessions and lasts a total of three to seven hours, depending on the person’s work rate and the tests given. Participants are encouraged to take brief breaks at regular intervals, as well as a longer lunch break during full-day testing appointments. Before or after the test session/s, the psychologist may also ask family members, teachers, or friends to complete additional questionnaires or rating scales.
Approximately three to four weeks after all testing has been completed, a one-hour feedback session with the psychologist will be scheduled to review the findings and recommendations. A detailed report containing this information will then be provided to the patient or family and any referring professionals. Specific referrals and aftercare will also be offered upon request, or as otherwise indicated.