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:
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.
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: