Process of Neuropsychological Testing
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, or friends to participate and provide additional information.
Following the intake meeting, the person will meet with the psychologist to complete neuropsychological testing. This consists of a variety of written and verbal activities using a computer or paper-and-pencil. Testing is generally administered over the course of 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 sessions, 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.