Neuropsychology

 

A neuropsychological evaluation is a customized assessment that provides insight into the neurocognitive (brain) mechanisms and brain functioning that underlies the area of concern.

Who needs a neuropsychological evaluation?

  • A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended for anyone who has learning, memory, thinking, reasoning, or attention difficulties that may be related to some neurological or neurocognitive problem.
  • Some medications (e.g. anti-seizure, radiation, chemotherapy) can cause cognitive difficulties. ¬†Careful monitoring during and after treatment facilitates timely remediation and intervention.
  • A neuropsychological evaluation may be necessary to determine if medication doses (e.g. ADHD medications) need to be adjusted.
  • Anyone who has sustained any type of injury to the head (concussions, TBI, surgery, radiation, and medications) should have a full neuropsychological evaluation to assess neurological health and neurocognitive functioning.
  • Baseline functioning prior to medication, brain surgery, and radiation helps to direct treatment.
  • Baseline evaluations prior to sport participation allow for timely intervention and treatment following sport concussions.
  • A neuropsychological evaluation helps identify twice exceptional learners, or smart children with learning difficulties.

 

What does a neuropsychological evaluation cover?
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Is there any difference between a neuropsychologist and a pediatric neuropsychologist?
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