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.
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 Developmen
- 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.