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Neuropsychological Assessment

Neuropsychology is a specialty within the field of Psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists are psychologists who are trained in a variety of disciplines that include clinical psychology, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neurophysiology and psychometrics. A neuropsychologist uses standardized tests and observes behavior to define a person’s pattern of brain functioning and overall development. A neuropsychologist makes inferences about what a person is able to do in his/her environment based on how that individual performs on a set of tasks, relative to how other people in the population perform on the tasks.  The tests have usually been validated by clinical research studies that assess the specific relationships between performance on test measures, neurological and cognitive functions.  It is the role of a Neuropsychologist to sort out the factors that influence how the brain is working in order to understand and explain an individual’s neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses. Developing a brain map is important because it helps clinical professionals, treatment programs, and educational institutions to develop treatment planning and ensure treatment is effective and efficient.

The areas commonly assessed include:

Intellectual functioning

Academic achievement

Language and Reading skills

Sensory Development and Sensory Integration

Auditory and visual processing

Attention/concentration

Learning and memory

 

Executive functions

Speed of processing

Sensory-perceptual functions

Motor speed and strength

Social skill development

Emotional and Personality assessment

 

Additional information is gathered from parents, educators, doctors, and therapists as appropriate. Test results are used to understand the profile of the specific individual and provide customized recommendations for therapy, treatment, and education.

 

Common referrals include:

 

Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

 

Lead poisoning and other toxic injury

 

Learning problems

 

ADHD

 

Neurological disorders

 

Executive functioning problems

 

Autism spectrum

 

Psychiatric disorders

 

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease

 

Accommodations and admissions testing

 

Litigation for brain related injuries