WHAT IS A CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST?
A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist with specialized training and experience in the assessment and treatment of various brain disorders. As a psychologist, there is understanding of the developmental, personality, behavioral, and emotional influences on our ability to function adaptively. As a neuropsychologist, there is an understanding of how a person’s ability to function effectively is affected by a number of different brain disorders and disturbances. Finally, the neuropsychologist needs to have an understanding of the cognitive, behavioral, rehabilitation, educational, and pharmacological interventions involved in treating these disorders.
WHAT IS A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive examination of abilities as they relate to brain functioning. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify the unique strengths and limitations of the person and relate these to known syndromes, disabilities, or brain disturbances. An essential component to the evaluation process is to provide treatment recommendations that can serve to promote recovery, management, or compensation for identified limitations.
WHEN SHOULD A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION BE DONE?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a specialized examination that should only be done when there is concern or suspicion of disturbances of cognitive, perceptual, behavioral, personality, or social abilities due to brain dysfunction.
Some conditions which warrant a neuropsychological evaluation include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental Disturbances
- Autistic Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Tourett’s Syndrome
- Brain Trauma
- Post Concussive Syndrome
- Seizure Disorders
- Organic Psychiatric Disorders
At your request, we will work together with your physicians, treating therapists, school personnel, or others involved in your care.
HOW DO I GET A REFERRAL FOR A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION?
We would be happy to discuss your concern or answer any questions you might have about the evaluation process. If you believe an evaluation should be considered, speak with your physician or treating therapist. Most major insurances cover the evaluation.