Who We Are & What We Do: Neuropsychology

Neuropsychological evaluations are typically conducted with individuals who have acquired a brain injury through physical trauma (TBI, concussion) or medical condition that affects brain function.

Some examples are:

  • Cerebral vascular accidents
  • Brain tumor
  • Hypoxia
  • Anoxia
  • Toxic injury
  • Infection (encephalitis, meningitis)
  • Late effects of cancer treatment
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Epilepsy

These lengthy and comprehensive evaluations are used to identify levels of cognitive deficit caused by the injury and gain an understanding how the injury will effect learning, behavior, emotions and social participation.

A typical evaluation includes an assessment in the following areas:

  • General intellectual function-basic academic skills
  • Attention/working memory
  • Visual spatial processing
  • Language skills
  • Motor skills
  • Executive functions (planning, initiation, organization, mental flexibility)
  • Social-emotional functioning.

An initial neuropsychological evaluation provides a baseline of post injury areas of deficit from which treatment and educational planning can be made. Repeated evaluations on an annual basis helps track the individual’s recovery and ability to meet expected stages of brain maturation over time as a child and adolescent brain continues to grow through young adulthood.

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