Why was I referred for Neuropsychological testing?
What happens after the evaluation?
A typical evaluation will proceed as follows:
-Clinical interview (1-1.5 hours) The evaluation will begin with a clinical interview. It is helpful to have a family member or members participate in the initial interview because they can help provide personal and medical history, as well as share their own questions and concerns.
-Testing (typically 2-3 hours)
There will be no needles or other painful processes involved in this evaluation. It is also not like testing in school where you are required to do extensive reading or paper-and-pencil tests. Rather, you will be working directly with the neuropsychologist or a supervised technician, doing a variety of relatively short tasks that assess brain functions. Of note, family members are typically not allowed to sit in during testing.
-Feedback Session ( 1-1.5 hours)
Most patients and their family members will be provided with interpretive feedback explaining the results of the evaluation and associated recommendations.
A neuropsychological evaluation systematically evaluates how well a person’s brain is working in terms of attention, learning, memory, and other essential brain functions that you use every day. It also helps with differential diagnosis. In other words, this evaluation will help your care provider know the cause of your memory or other cognitive problems so you can be given the appropriate treatment.
Center for Neuropsychology
The Winslow Clinic, PLLC
Specializing in Child and Adult Neuropsychological
Here are some common reasons:
-Attention, learning, or memoryproblems (unknown cause).
-Known neurological injury or disease process (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc.).
-Suspected Alzheimer’s dementia or other forms of dementia.
-To obtain a baseline measure of cognitive abilities (to aid in ongoing medical treatment or to monitor recovery from stroke or traumatic brain injury).
-To address questions related to decision-making capacity, level of supervision needed, medication management, driving, continuing to work, or return-to-work issues
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