A neuropsychological evaluation is often requested when there is either an injury or illness, that affects brain functioning. The evaluation usually consists of four components: 1) an initial consultation interview, 2) neuropsychological testing designed to assess cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal abilities, 3) consultation with the referring physician and 4) a feedback session to discuss the results and recommendations. The evaluation delineates brain-related difficulties across a variety of skill domains and recommends treatment interventions designed to remediate documented difficulties.
The goals of a neuropsychological evaluation are to 1) measure the presence and degree of impairment due to organic disease or injury of the brain, 2) document individual strengths and weaknesses and 3) help in the distinction between functional and behavioral difficulties attributed to organic processes and personality factors. Evaluations differ depending on the individual’s age and the nature of the problem. Domains evaluated include but are not limited to general intelligence, attention and concentration, processing speed, memory, abstract reasoning, executive functions, language, sensory functions and fine motor skills, academic skills and personality factors.
Specified Neuropsychological Evaluations:
Disability Evaluation: This specified type of neuropsychological evaluation includes all components described to the left with a focus on the effect of the disability on vocational, personal and functional life.
Forensic Evaluation: This specified type of neuropsychological evaluation includes all components described to the left with a focus on the individual’s case from a medico-legal perspective.
Pediatric Evaluation: A pediatric neuropsychological evaluation includes all components described to the left as well as academic accommodations so that the child, parents and school administrators can better understand the patterns of strengths and weaknesses associated with the illness/injury and how the child will best learn to maximize academic success and social and emotional well-being.