NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A NEUROPSYCH EVALUATION?

A neuropsychological evaluation is used to evaluate an individual’s level of functioning in numerous tasks of daily living. Wherein an MRI or CT scan can reveal physical abnormalities or structural damage and an EEG can evaluate the brain’s electrical activity, a neuropsychological evaluation measures the person’s actual functioning and ability to complete tasks dependent on specific brain structures. This evaluation assists medical providers in understanding, diagnosing, and treating patients who display sudden changes in cognitive functioning, memory, language, mobility, or perceptions.

WHEN IS A NEUROPSYCH EVALUATION APPROPRIATE?

A neuropsychological evaluation is often referred by a medical provider (e.g., a neurologist) to gain insight into the functional effects of the following:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A neuropsych evaluation is helpful in determining the potential outcomes and new level of functioning for patients with a TBI or other significant head injury.
  • Dementia: A neuropsych evaluation is helpful in determining the current stage, as well as course/prognosis of various types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lew body dementia).
  • CNS Conditions: A neuropsych evaluation can provide additional information on the symptom severity and impact of different conditions which can affect the central nervous system (seizure, stroke, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy).

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A NEUROPSYCH EVALUATION:

Please expect a neuropsychological evaluation to last between 4-6 hours depending on the participant’s age and functioning. We recommend completing this assessment in a single session, although breaks for lunch and rest are allowed. This assessment must be completed in-person. Telehealth or virtual assessments are not available for neuropsychological evaluations.. There are many different tests used throughout this evaluation so it is important to bring your glasses and/or any hearing aids as required.

A typical neuropsychological evaluation report takes between 8-10 weeks to complete, but this may vary depending on a number of factors including complexity, cooperation, and breadth of records. Once the report is completed, it will be provided to the referring source and may or may not be shared with the examinee directly. However, you will be given the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute feedback session to discuss pertinent findings and answer any questions.

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