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Clinical neuropsychologists objectively evaluate changes in thinking skills and related elements of behaviour that can occur due to a range of clinical conditions and situations.
In other words, we measure how efficiently your brain is working.
In addition to detailed history-taking, neuropsychological assessment involves the rigorous examination of cognitive skills including memory, attention/concentration, visuospatial skills, processing speed, language and executive functions (e.g. problem solving, planning, reasoning) in order to gain insight into neurocognitive/neurobehavioural deficits and academic- and work-related skills.
Everyone has relative strengths and weaknesses. The goal of neuropsychological assessment is to determine where yours lie.
Your test scores are compared to people of similar age and background in order to determine how your are functioning in different areas. In other words, the tests used in clinical neuropsychological assessment are standardised (which means they have previously been administered to groups of similar people without brain impairment, for purposes of comparison). They are also well researched; many neuropsychological tests are used all over the world.
It is the use of these tests and the interpretation (in the context of all of the other information available) of the relevant test findings that provides the foundation of the neuropsychologist’s expertise.
Your current level of functioning can be compared with your expected level of capacity using established, peer-reviewed methods. It can then be determined whether significant change/s of capacity have occurred, and if so in what areas of functioning. To answer this question, your pattern of results is analysed and combined with background information about your educational, occupational, medical and psychosocial history.
This approach helps to exclude or assist in diagnosing a specific brain-related medical condition or provide valuable further information concerning an already established condition.
Relevant clinical conditions include head injury, epilepsy, stroke, drug/alcohol use, neurodegenerative conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia) and other neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders (such as learning difficulty or ADHD).
Neuropsychological evaluation may include involves paper and pencil type tests, questionnaires and computerized assessment.
Assessments take several hours (including interview and rest breaks), depending on the purpose of the assessment
Problems Getting Back to Work or Study after an Accident?
After suffering a brain injury in a work or car accident, people often feel they are experiencing thinking difficulties and frequently find it challenging to return to work or study.
Difficulties with School or University Work?
You may be the kind of person who has always had problems with school work; these issues might include difficulty concentrating in class, numeracy issues, reading and writing problems or difficulties with written expression or comprehension.
Often people are referred to a Clinical Neuropsychologist after expressing concerns about developing dementia (for example, concerning family history) to their GP, neurologist or psychiatrist, who may feel further evaluation is warranted.
After a neuropsychological assessment has been undertaken, being provided with a diagnosis or an understanding of what is happening is sufficient for some people. Others may prefer more follow-up and guidance with respect to potential remediation of their difficulties and/or implementation of strategies to help them tackle any ongoing difficulties.
Sometimes people with thinking problems (for example, due to a head injury, stroke, dementia, epilepsy or a learning delay) can have problems reliably making decisions about important issues.