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Diagnosis

Neuropsychological assessments provide objective documentation of an individual’s capabilities in a number of areas, including:

  • motor function (strength, dexterity)
  • sensory function (for example, vision, sense of touch)
  • use of language
  • many different types of memory
  • many different types of intelligence
  • organization and control of behavior
  • planning skills

The tests are noninvasive and differ from imaging techniques such as MRI in that they require people to use their brains in a variety of tasks to see how the brain is actually working.

Personality is also assessed, along with an assessment of stressors on the job, at school, or in the home.

A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment requires several hours. These assessments are usually accomplished in a single day. Appointments can be scheduled to accommodate special needs. Our office staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our procedures.

Treatment

Our office provides diagnostic and consultative services only. Once a diagnosis has been made and relevant problems have been identified, a report is prepared for the referring party, for example, your physician. This report includes the diagnostic conclusions and recommendations for any needed treatment or therapy, as well as other appropriate recommendations concerning work, school, or community activities. Treatment recommendations frequently include neurorehabilitation, specifically in the form of cognitive rehabilitation.

The goal of cognitive rehabilitation is to provide the person with the mental tools necessary to function as independently and effectively as possible in the real world despite any damage to the brain. Since the type and extent of cognitive deficits vary with each person, treatment is highly individualized. Methods used in cognitive rehabilitation focus on teaching practical strategies which help overcome barriers to productive functioning.

Recommended treatment may also involve stress management, psychotherapy, family therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language intervention, tutoring and other traditional methods of psychological treatment.

Consultation is also provided to employers, to schools, and to other agencies as needed in order to help our patients achieve their best possible adjustment and reach their highest potential.