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Neuropsychology Evaluation

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A typical evaluation of an adult patient may assess these areas:

  • General Ability
  • Higher level executive skills (i.e. reasoning, problem solving)
  • Attention and concentration
  • Learning and memory
  • Language
  • Visual - Spatial skills (i.e. perception)
  • Motor and sensory skills
  • Mood and personality

Test results can help determine whether memory changes are due to normal aging or if they reflect problems related to medical conditions. An accurate diagnosis is important to begin appropriate treatment. Changes in memory may occur due to many causes such as:

  • Dementia type illnesses (Alzheimer's)
  • Stroke
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Brain Tumor
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Substance or Alcohol Abuse
  • Movement Disorders (Parkinson and Huntington's Diseases)

A typical evaluation of a school-age child may assess these areas:

  • Intellectual Functioning
  • Achievement skills, such as reading and math
  • Executive skills, such as organization, planning, problem solving, inhibition and flexibility
  • Attention
  • Learning and Memory
  • Language
  • Visual - Spatial skills
  • Motor speed and coordination
  • Behavioral and Emotional functioning
  • Social skills

By comparing your child's test scores to scores of children of similar ages, the neuropsychologist can create a profile of your child's strengths and weaknesses.

Testing provides a better understanding of your child's behavior and learning in school, at home and in the community. The evaluation can guide teachers, therapists and you to better help your child achieve his or her potential.