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.