The Center For Cognitive Health
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Your brain is like an orchestra
The different instruments represent the parts of your brain that are responsible for how you think, feel, learn and act. Together, they create the perfect symphony. However, when one instrument is out of tune it affects the whole performance.
A neuropsychological assessment can help identify if there is something causing you trouble, like a learning disability or illness. Once we know which “instrument” is out of tune, we can help you find the best way to make it resonate so you can keep the whole orchestra performing beautifully!
Neuropsychological evaluations can help identify areas that need fine tuning.
If you or your child are struggling with:
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How is information from A Neuropsychological Test Used?
We will typically make recommendations tailored to your specific needs after identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses and potentially making a diagnosis.
The recommendations in the report can also guide the prescribing of medication. For conditions like ADHD or certain mood disorders, medication can be a beneficial part of treatment. The neuropsychologist might recommend that the individual consult with a psychiatrist or neurologist to discuss medication options.
A neuropsychological evaluation can illuminate a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, which can be useful for vocational rehabilitation counselors in guiding an individual toward career paths that maximize their strengths and minimize the impact of their weaknesses.
By providing a detailed understanding of an individual’s cognitive profile, a neuropsychological evaluation can play a critical role in career and vocational planning, helping adults to find meaningful and suitable employment, and to receive the support they need to succeed in the workplace.
A neuropsychological evaluation provides a comprehensive snapshot of an individual’s cognitive and emotional functioning at a particular point in time. This snapshot can be invaluable as a baseline for future evaluations.
For individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or a stroke, a neuropsychological evaluation can be useful in tracking recovery. In addition, the baseline evaluation can be useful for individuals with conditions like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy, where cognitive functioning can fluctuate over time. By comparing current performance to the baseline, clinicians can monitor these fluctuations and their impact on the individual’s life.
If the evaluation identifies any cognitive impairments, such as difficulties with memory, attention, language, or problem-solving, the report will provide a detailed explanation of these impairments. It can help the individual and their family understand what these difficulties mean, how they might impact daily life, and how they might change over time, especially in the context of progressive conditions like dementia.
If the goal of the assessment is to test a child for autism or a learning disability, the results can bring relief, hope, and answers.
Dr. Emily Inman
Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director
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Why work with us?
We start listening the moment we meet.
We believe that you know yourself best. Our job is to ensure you feel heard, cared for and get the help you need from the time you walk through our real or virtual door to the time your treatments are done.
Our care manager will help you understand your insurance, and answer any questions you might have. Our team works together to create a comprehensive plan to help you take the right steps and our experienced therapists provide you with the tools, tests and support you need to start feeling and living better.
You are the most important part of our work. No matter where you are in your journey, we are here to help you along the way.
What To Expect
Our Approach To Neuropsychological Evaluations
Questions About Neuropsychological Testing
- A neuropsychological assessment can help determine the presence, nature, and severity of a cognitive dysfunction. It helps to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses and/or provide a baseline of functioning.
- A neuropsychological assessment is used for differential diagnosis, to confirm, exclude, or clarify a diagnosis.
- A neuropsychological evaluation will result in treatment recommendations as well as recommendations for accommodations/modifications.
- A neuropsychological assessment can also be used to assess functional abilities of a person and provide options for things to improve or assist with functioning.
While neuropsychological evaluations can provide a wealth of information, they are just one part of a comprehensive neurological or psychiatric evaluation. They should be used in combination with other diagnostic tools, including medical examinations, psychiatric evaluations, and neuroimaging techniques.
During your neuropsychological assessment, we will test various mental functions, including but not limited to memory, language, attention, problem-solving abilities, emotional status, academic skills, and if relevant, sensory-motor skills.
The testing can take a number of hours to complete and typically involves question-and-answer sessions, paper and pencil tasks, computer-based tasks, and sometimes brain imaging procedures. Each test is designed to examine a particular area of cognitive function. Here is a quick overview of the process:
- The assessment will include review of records and clinical interviews with a client and possibly their family or close friends, to understand the client’s history and how the cognitive and emotional changes have impacted their life and daily functioning.
- The next appointment (or multiple appointments, if you prefer) will be the neuropsychological testing. This occurs with either the neuropsychologist and/or a trained psychometrist. This is completed in a quiet room and friends/family are typically asked to wait in the waiting room. The client is also welcome to bring snacks/drinks and comfort items.
- Once the testing is complete, the neuropsychologist will interpret the results and write a report.
- A feedback session is typically scheduled to review the testing results and recommendations. Once the feedback session is complete, the client is provided a copy of the report.
Testing is a non-invasive process using a variety of written and verbal tasks. These can be paper-and-pencil and/or computerized. Some of the computerized tests can be emailed, to be completed outside of the testing appointments.
A neuropsychologist is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in understanding the structure and function of the brain in relation to specific psychological and cognitive processes and behaviors. They hold a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) and have completed two years of post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. Our clinical director, Emily Inman, PsyD, is also a board certified neuropsychologist, which includes a rigorous and lengthy certification process that requires a credential review, passing a written exam, submitting work sample reports for review and acceptance by experts, and passing a detailed oral exam.
A psychometrist is an individual with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree who has advanced training in administering and scoring a wide range of standardized psychological and/or neuropsychological tests, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Try to eat a good breakfast.
- Take your medications as usual, unless you are directed otherwise.
- If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or hearing aids, make sure you bring them.
- If you have participated in previous neuropsychological, psychological, or academic testing, bring these records with you. Similarly, if you have utilized a 504 plan or an individual education plan (IEP) in school, bring these records with you.
Because the tests are non invasive, physical side effects are minimal but can include feeling fatigued and mentally tired for a time. For some, the evaluation might confirm fears about a neurological condition or cognitive decline. This can trigger feelings of sadness, anxiety, or fear about the future. It’s important to have emotional support throughout the process and to discuss your feelings with someone you trust, including your psychotherapist.