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What is Neuropsychological Testing?

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Neuropsychological testing involves the administration of  standardized ability tests that help to identify changes in brain  functioning that may result from various medical and neurological conditions.  The results of these neuropsychological tests are interpreted in  conjunction with a thorough understanding of clients’ backgrounds and  the unique behavioral and emotional issues the client might be having.

Neuropsychological testing can helps physicians and rehabilitation specialists answer the following questions:

  •   Is a client showing signs of dementia?  If so, what is the nature of the dementia and prognosis for recovery / treatment?
  •   Does a client with medical conditions like Multiple Sclerosis,  Parkinson’s Disease, or other neurological condition(s) have any losses  in mental abilities as a result of these medical conditions?  Are there  areas of functioning that are not affected by the medical conditions –  or that are areas of preserved strength?
  •   Are clients’ claims of reduced mental functioning due to a  brain-related condition, or to other factors, such as the effects of  normal aging, increased cognitive (thinking) demands in daily life, or  emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, etc.?
  •   Are clients competent to make decisions for themselves given their current mental abilities and emotional / behavioral issues?
  •   Have the passage or time or treatment interventions had an effect on clients’ mental abilities?
  •   Has clients’ alcohol/drug/prescription medication usage had a detrimental effect on mental functioning?

Neuropsychological evaluation typically addresses the practical  implications of clients’ strengths and weaknesses as they relate to  education, work, retraining, independent living, etc., treatment needs  and implications of any cognitive deficits for treatment, and prognosis  for change over time.

Neuropsychological testing typically can be completed from a couple  of hours to within one day, depending on the client’s age and referral  questions to be answered.  Neuropsychological testing measures client  skills and abilities in the following areas:  attention and  concentration, academic skills, learning and memory, sensory-perception  (vision, hearing, sense of touch) and motor function (dexterity),  language, spatial abilities, planning, organization, reasoning, and  problem-solving, and emotional adjustment.  

At GBH, we use neuropsychological testing to evaluate children and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, gifted placement status, traumatic brain injuries, and dementia – just to name a few commonly assessed conditions.  If you think you or a loved one may require neuropsychological testing, please do not hesitate to Contact Us for a free, no-obligation consultation to assess your needs.

Generations Behavioral Healthcare, P.C.
15 Spinning Wheel Rd, Suite 30, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
(630) 259-1515