At what age should a neuropsychological evaluation be performed?
When a child, adolescent, or adult participates in a neuropsychological evaluation, only age-appropriate tests are used. Therefore, an individual of any age can be evaluated.
How long will the appointment last?
The answer to this question depends on the reason for evaluation, the patient's medical history, and complexity of the individual case. Appointments generally range in duration from four to eight hours a day. In most cases, a child between the ages of 4-8 will be seen over three half days. Children and adolescents from the ages of 9-18 can usually be seen in two full days. Adults can often complete testing in one full day. Before an appointment, we will ask you to complete some history and registration forms. These forms may be downloaded from this website, or we will email them directly to you.
What will be done to protect my privacy?
Information that we receive in the course of patient care is kept strictly confidential. No information is released to a third party without a patient's explicit authorization, except in the following circumstances.
The law requires psychologists to:
- Report any disclosure or evidence of physical or sexual abuse of a child to authorities.
- Report any abuse of an elderly or disabled person to authorities.
- Report the probability of imminent physical injury to the patient or others.
- Respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal proceedings or statues requiring disclosures.
- Please ask if you have any questions regarding the limits of confidentiality.
What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist?
What distinguishes a clinical neuropsychologist from other clinical psychologists is extensive knowledge of brain development and functioning, including a working understanding of: neuroanatomy, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, neurological illness or injury, the use of neuropsychological tests to accurately assess cognitive deficits, and the management, treatment and rehabilitation of brain injured and neurocognitively impaired patients.
Why is a neuropsychological evaluation so important?
A neuropsychological evaluation allows:
- Early detection of possible learning disorders, brain lesions and dysfunctions.
- Facilitates the discrimination between neurological symptoms and psychiatric/psychological manifestations.
- It is required for optimal planning and design of rehabilitation programs for developmentally delayed, or brain injured patients.