Neuropsychological assessment involves a comprehensive assessment of a person’s cognitive, psychological, emotional and behavioural functioning. The focus is usually on cognitive functioning. It generally involves assessment of memory, attention and concentration, executive functioning (such as planning, abstraction, conceptualisation), language, auditory and visual processing and visual-spatial functioning.
Why Have a Neuropsychological Assessment
Assist in a differential diagnosis (e.g., to determine whether possible mental and behavioral changes are related to a neurological condition, mental health issues or other factors)
Provide a baseline against which subsequent evaluations can be compared.
Reveal areas of daily functioning (e.g., financial management) with which you may need support or that indicate potential for rehabilitation. For example, will you benefit from certain cognitive or behavioral treatments, occupational therapy, or pharmacotherapy?
What to Expect When you come Along for Assessment
You will meet with a psychologist from the practice who will take a history and administer a battery of tests.
The initial assessment session usually takes about two hours, but may take place over a few sessions, working at your pace. Number of sessions will be dictated by the complexity of the issues to be addressed by the evaluation and the individual's condition (e.g., confusion, fatigue, and slowed motor skills respond better to shorter assessment sessions).
On completion of the test, a report will be written and you will be invited back for an appointment to discuss findings, recommendations and any questions you may have.