Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive process of understanding how brain functioning contributes to deficits in memory, learning, and attention, as well as how it can affect one’s behavioral and emotional regulation or personality functioning. To gain the clearest insight into our true ability, we must understand why we do what we do. Our neuropsychological assessment encompasses each facet of your life, and is often times the ultimate avenue for diagnostics and treatment planning. At times, deficits in functioning become an unsolvable mystery, which is where neuropsychological testing gains it credence. With depth and detail in the testing process, as well as interpretation, diagnosis, and individualized recommendations this process allows our doctors to see you or your child from a much different and far broader perspective than a basic psychological assessment will allow.
When should neuropsychological testing be considered for a child or adult?
Situations where an illness or injury may negatively impact cognitive functioning will likely require neuropsychological assessment. Also, as neuropsychological conditions are complex, many of them have the potential to alter mood and motivational states that can also have a strong impact on cognitive functioning. Part of a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment requires an assessment of other factors that may be contributing to impaired cognitive functioning.
Also, children and adults whose presenting symptoms have historically been difficult to treat may benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation, as this type of testing reveals more information about a person, compared to general psychological testing.
Neuropsychological testing identifies cognitive impairment and provides quantifiable data about the following areas of cognitive functioning:
- Reasoning and problem-solving ability
- Ability to understand and express language
- Working memory and attention
- Short-term and long-term memory
- Processing speed
- Visual-spatial organization
- Visual-motor coordination
- Planning, synthesizing, and organizing abilities
- Psychological factors impacing cognitive functioning