What to Expect During the Neuropsychological Assessment:
The first appointment is an hour-long opportunity to share your clinical concerns. If you are the one being assessed, please try to bring a spouse or family member who knows you well and can help supply additional clinical information. If you are having your child assessed, please bring them to this first appointment. We will have an opportunity to speak “just adults” during the session as well as an opportunity to speak together about what is going well and what areas are difficult for your child.
The testing session is either broken into two- half days or conducted in one full day. The full day begins at 8:30 am. We have a break for lunch from 12-1 Testing then continues until about 3:30 or 4:00pm.
During the testing sessions, you (or your child) will be asked to do a variety of tasks, each designed to measure a different aspect of thinking. Depending on the ability being measured, the nature of the task will change. For example, memory is measured by listening to stories and then repeating them, or by looking at pictures and identifying them a half hour later. Problem solving is measured by putting puzzles together or solving verbal analogies. Some of the tasks are computer based, some require writing, and some involve listening and speaking. We always also conduct a thorough emotional evaluation.
The final appointment is the feedback session. This is an hour long opportunity to sit down and discuss the test results, and diagnosis. Most importantly, a clear map for improving the clinical concern is laid out. The map includes what you can do at home, what accommodations are appropriate at school, college, or work, and what other professionals/ treatments need to be brought in.