A neuropsychological assessment is a specialty exam that tests a person’s thinking skills such as attention, memory, processing speed, and executive function. After thorough medical record review, in person interview and testing, we will provide you results about current cognitive skills and possible diagnoses.
What to expect?
The aim of a neuropsychological assessment is to get a snapshot of your current cognitive skills. In order to get your best performance, get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast before you come in. Remember to bring your reading glasses and have fresh batteries in your hearing aids if you use them.
Before your appointment the doctor will review your medical file and any collateral information (i.e. transcripts, previous assessment reports). The assessment will begin with an interview where your current concerns and medical history will be discussed. The doctor will then administer a battery of standardized test selected to address the referral question. The appointment can last from 2-8 hours depending on the referral question and may occur over two days.
The results will be provided as a neuropsychological report that will be discussed in a feedback session typically 2-3 weeks following the final test day.
Next Steps Neuropsychology provides short and long-term psychotherapy for people with history of brain injury and other complications that would benefit from a perspective that incorporates brain-based rehabilitation strategies.
How long will this take?
Typically it is recommended that new clients meet for 2-3 sessions to develop a treatment plan. Your goals and expectations for treatment will be discussed. Depending on the issue that is tackled, you could meet with the doctor for a few weeks to a few months. Some issues are a bit stickier or goals change and it can be decided to meet for longer.
What will we do in session?
Depending on treatment needs we can work on emotion skills or thinking skills. Most people we meet work on a combination of both. At the heart of everything is discussion. Through our relationship, we learn about who you are and what you value.
Next Steps Neuropsychology provides clinical consultation for family members and clinicians new to working with brain injuries, neurological concerns, and issues that inhibit effective communication. This work often benefits from multidisciplinary care, your doctor is able to communicate with a wide range of clinicians. We provide ongoing consultation for complex cases to support expanding clinical expertise.
Neuropsychologists looking for peer support may be interested in joining our in-person, monthly consultation group. If this is not feasible, we are available to provide support to grow and manage a group.
We are experienced professionals. We can train staff in many areas to support your practice. Trainings are typically one hour. Next Steps Neuropsychology can also create practice specific training. Here is a sample of our current offerings for staff education.
- Memory Care
- Neurodegenerative Disorders
- Medication Management
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders)
- Motivational Interviewing