Evaluations identify diagnoses, assess areas of strength & areas of need, and direct the most effective care. Clinical professionals, treatment facilities, and educational institutions rely on evaluations for treatment planning because of the specific, individualized information evaluations include.
Neuropsychological & psychological evaluations include but are not limited to:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Baseline Concussion
- Bipolar Disorder
- Developmental Disorders
- Executive Functioning
- Language Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Non Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive and extensive understanding of cognitive processes and brain functioning. By using the unique integration of developmental history and testing data, a neuropsychological evaluation identifies and clarifies neurological or neurodevelopmental diagnoses. Neuropsychological evaluations can be utilized to understand the etiology of a disorder, the evolution of a disorder, track potential changes over time, and provide diagnostic clarity.
Neuropsychological evaluations test and evaluate:
- Attention & Concentration
- Auditory & Visual Processing
- Emotional & Personality Development
- Executive Functioning
- Gross & Fine Motor Development
- Language & Reading skills
- Sensory Development & Sensory Integration
- Social Skills Development
- Verbal & Visual Memory
- Visual-Spatial Functioning
A psychological evaluation assesses general cognitive and personality functioning to diagnose psychiatric conditions. A psychological evaluation has the capacity to diagnose a condition, however, it lacks the specificity to understand what underlying neurological process is. Therefore, psychological testing cannot independently provide the diagnostic precision necessary to give customized recommendations for treatment. Psychological testing may be conducted on its own or as a component of a neuropsychological evaluation.
- Forensic: Forensic Neuropsychology is the application of Neuropsychological theory and research to address legal issues when injuries occur. Referral questions in civil litigation often involve determination of the presence or absence of neurological and/or psychiatric disorders, related to a specific event or injury, prognosis, or treatment and defines disability status.
- Independent Medical Examinations (IME): An independent neuropsychological examination, also referred to as an Independent Medical Examination (IME) is performed by a neuropsychologist who is hired as an independent consultant by a third party, such as an insurance company, an attorney, or the court to make a determination regarding neuropsychological functioning and potentially the effects of injury or illness.
- Therapy: Therapy evaluations and assessments have the potential to help structure subsequent individual psychotherapy so that the therapist has a deeper insight into the patient and their issues prior to beginning the therapy or in the course of therapy. Differential diagnosis helps those working with the patient and the patient themselves to better understand the diagnostic dilemma, with better understanding as to the appropriate medications for the diagnosis, treatment interventions, and effective forms of assistance.