Neuropsychological Testing & Evaluation

What is an evaluation?

Sometimes further clarification of symptoms and diagnosis is needed to aid in developing a patient’s treatment plan. Thus, an evaluation is recommended. The results from an evaluation can:

  • Identify further patient needs.
  • Assist in developing patient insight and understanding of symptoms.
  • Aid a medical doctor in determining if a medication may benefit a patient given their symptoms and diagnosis.
  • Assist in obtaining other services such as school accommodations, life planning, and cognitive rehabilitation services.

Our providers recognize that time is an important factor when conducting evaluations. Therefore, they attempt to complete evaluations in one day (not including the initial session); however, some situations require testing to be split over a few days. Further, given that evaluations are time consuming, patients are provided breaks as needed. Approximately one to two weeks after testing is complete, a patient’s provider meets with them to provide feedback and a written report to discuss their results, diagnosis, and recommendations. Patients can generally expect the entire process (including initial session, evaluation, and feedback) to take approximately 3-4 weeks.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a detailed assessment of a patient’s cognitive skills, executive functioning motor abilities, memory functioning, and verbal skills. It is typically recommended for patients who have difficulty thinking, learning or memory issues, and/or emotional instability. Depending upon the age of the patient and symptoms involved, patients need to plan for the evaluation to last approximately 3-6 hours.

Examples of conditions where neuropsychological testing may be recommended may include, but not be limited to:

  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Brain tumor
  • Neurological conditions
  • Memory impairment
  • Difficulty learning
  • History of premature birth
  • History of developmental issues
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Other health conditions

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