Reasons for referral:
Neuropsychological evaluations are requested for a variety of reasons. Testing is usually recommended when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory, attention/concentration, sudden changes in mood and behavior or periods of disorientation or confusion. Referrals are often associated with changes in cognition that extend beyond expectations for concussion or mild TBI. The change may be due to any of a number of medical, neurological, psychological, or genetic causes. Testing will be helpful in understanding your specific situation.
The evaluation process:
An appointment is scheduled with the neuropsychologist. The initial appointment will include completion of patient information forms, information regarding office policies and procedures and insurance documentation. Following completion of general information forms, you will be seen for an initial interview.
Following the initial interview, the neuropsychologist with select specific tests for you to complete. Some tests will be completed following your initial appointment. Then two additional appointments will be scheduled. The next appointment will be to meet with a psychologist that will administer the neuropsychological test instruments and support procedures. A third appointment will be scheduled to review and discuss the results of the assessment. You will be given a summary of the results of the assessment and recommendations.
Testing can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Patients scheduled for a full day of testing will have a lunch break. Areas of functioning that are examined typically include memory, language, academic abilities, attention, planning and problem solving, motor skills and coordination. It is important that you be at your best the day of testing.
Get plenty of rest the night before, have a good meal, and dress comfortably. Since you will be completing tasks that include reading, writing, and drawing it is important that you bring any necessary reading or eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other adaptive equipment.