Neuropsychological assessment is often needed to understand the effect of brain functioning on a person's functioning in home, school, or work.
Medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke and memory disorders are a few reasons that a person might be referred for an evaluation. Difficulties with ADHD, learning, attention, and executive functioning also suggest the need for an assessment.
Neuropsychological assessment evaluates functioning in a number of areas including:
Executive functioning (planning, judgment, initiation and follow-through, impulse control, abstract thinking, and conceptualization)
Attention and focus
Memory and language
Perception and sensorimotor functions
Motivation, mood state and emotion
Clinical diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, anxiety or depression).
The specific areas addressed in the evaluation are determined by the referral question.
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Psychoeducational assessment can help students understand their unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses in the areas of intelligence, learning, memory, executive functioning, and attention.
- Attention and concentration problems can affect school performance.
- Some students have significant difficulty getting through written work, and perform more slowly than other students.
- Sometimes bright students struggle in school and don’t really understand why. An assessment can help create a roadmap for what to do next.
- Sometimes learning disorders (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia) go undiagnosed and make it hard for students to succeed.
- Many students may need accommodations for school or for SAT/ACT and other standardized tests such as the GRE and MCAT.
- Evaluations for Talented and Gifted programs (TAG) can help guide appropriate educational and extracurricular interventions for very bright students.
Psychological assessment evaluates an individual’s personality and current life functioning.
- Another therapist or doctor might refer you for an evaluation in order to better inform treatment and to help you understand yourself better.
A Records Review can also be performed if you or your child has already had an evaluation.
- I can review previous evaluations to determine if additional assessment is warranted.