The Neuropsychology Program at the Nicklaus Children’s Brain Institute
helps patients cope with issues of learning, memory, organization and emotional control resulting from brain injuries or neurological disorders.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a customized assessment that provides insight into the neurocognitive (brain) mechanism and brain functioning that underlies the area of concern.
A neuropsychological evaluation can help to:
- Monitor medication-related congnitive difficulties (e.g. antiseizure, radiation, chemotherapy)
- Determine if medication dosages need to be adjusted (e.g. ADHD medication)
- Assess neurocognitive functioning after a head injury (i.e. concussion or TBI)
- Assess baseline functioning prior to new medications, brain surgery or cranial radiation
- Establish baseline functioning prior to sport participation to allow for timely intervention and treatment following sport concussions
- Identify exceptional learners with learning difficulties
- Identify areas of challenge to assist with treatment programming
A neurospychological evaluation is specifically customized to best anwer your specific concerns and typically takes between five to seven hours, depeding on assessment needs and will test the following:
- Intellectual functioning (IQ, reasoning skills, problem solving)
- Motor functioning (manual dexterity, strength and coordination)
- Auditory processing (understanding and response to heard information)
- Speech and language (understanding and effective use of oral and written language)
- Attention and executive functioning
- Learning and memory (verbal and nonverbal learning and memory)
- Academic functioning (reading, writing and math)
- Psychological, emotional and social functioning