Neuropsychological evaluations assess how the brain is functioning in many different ways that influence how we live in and interpret the world around us. During this type of evaluation, we assess cognitive abilities and skills, including attention/concentration, memory, decision-making, problem-solving, verbal comprehension, and visual-spatial reasoning, as well as emotional and personality factors that may be complicating daily living.

All of the information gathered will help to identify the areas of change or difficulty for the patient. The clinician will determine the most appropriate diagnosis, so an effective treatment plan is provided to the patient, their family, and the referring physician. Treatment planning will consist of cognitive and behavioral strategies to make life easier, recommendations for possible treatments provided by an M.D., and services in the community that may help the patient and their family.

Step 1:  Evaluation

The neuropsychological evaluation consists of a consultation with the clinician, administration of several tests, review of records, communication with referring physician, and possible communication with family members to gather as much information about the patient and their functioning. Given the complexity of this type of evaluation, the process will take place over several different days

Step 2: Feedback about Evaluation Results

After all of the testing has been completed, the clinician will meet again with the patient and their family to discuss the results of the evaluation. This is an important meeting to talk about the patient’s brain functioning and what treatments and/or services they may need to improve quality of life. The inclusion of family members can be especially useful at this time to help ensure treatment planning is successful. The results of the evaluation will be provided to the patient in a written report, and will also be sent to the referring physician, if any.

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