Individuals are referred to NSW for a Neuropsychological Evaluation for many reasons. Neurologists often refer to us in order to better understand their client’s cognitive and functional skill levels in relation to recent brain scans or behaviors that require diagnosis and treatment.
Psychiatrists may refer patients in order to determine what is happening cognitively and emotionally for their patients, and when selecting medications to improve functioning. A therapist (psychotherapist, physical, occupational, speech, educational or behavioral therapist) may refer patients in order to better understand cognitive strengths and weaknesses, as well as personality development, all of which contribute to understanding the challenges he or she must overcome.
The Neuropsychological Evaluation provides the client with a current map of skills and challenges. A teacher or school may refer a child for an evaluation to understand a child’s learning style in order to make learning easier for that student. A parent may simply want to understand their child’s brain organization so they can be a better parent, motivate, guide in a school, college, or career choice, or to simply understand their child’s cognitive strengths and challenges. No matter the referral source the Neuropsychological Evaluation is a GPS into how to truly understand a person’s cognitive style, how they perceive the world, and how to then help the person who obtains this valuable information.
The Neuropsychological Evaluation is the initial step in assessing cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The evaluation consists of assessing general intelligence, verbal skills, visual constructional abilities, processing speed, attention, executive functions, verbal and visual memory, reading, spelling, writing, math, emotional, behavioral, and psychological functioning. Once cognitive functions have been assessed, appropriate rehabilitation or treatment methods can be implemented.