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What is Neuropsychological Testing & How Does it Work?

February 16, 2016|Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing is a useful tool for accurately diagnosing ADHD, learning disabilities, and assessing other cognitive problems that can result from brain injury, neurological, medical, or emotional conditions.

What kinds of questions can be answered by neuropsychological testing?

  • What are my unique cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are my lapses in memory normal for my age or do they represent a neurological problem?
  • Do my longstanding problems with attention and concentration mean that I have ADHD? If so, what are the treatment options?
  • Do I have a learning disability? If so what types of accommodations could be helpful in school/at work, etc.?
  • Are my medical conditions (e.g. hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, stroke, MS, etc.) affecting my memory and thinking skills? What can I do to compensate?
  • Are my cognitive symptoms due to emotional/psychological factors like stress or depression?
  • Has my brain been injured? If so, what systems are affected, how serious is the injury, and how will it affect my ability to function in my daily life?
  • Has there been any improvement or recovery of functioning with behavioral, medical or other therapeutic interventions?
  • Why am I having difficulty managing my job/school/household responsibilities?
  • How can I function better and more efficiently in daily life?

How does neuropsychological testing work?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions using a set of standardized tests and procedures, utilizing paper and pencil, question and answer, and computer-based tests (no needless, wires or brain scans!) A broad range of functions are typically assessed, which may include the following:

  • Intelligence
  • Problem solving
  • Language
  • Academic Skills
  • Planning & Organization
  • Visual-spatial & motor abilities
  • Attention, memory & learning
  • Emotions, behavior, & personality

Based on neuropsychological testing and evaluation results, treatment plans and recommendations can be developed to improve functioning in daily life.

Our Neuropsychologists

CPA’s neuropsychologists all meet the highest standards of education and training in neuropsychology. These standards, created by the professional bodies in neuropsychology and the Houston Conference, call for specific knowledge of clinical neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, and brain-behavior relationships; completion of an APA-approved internship in neuropsychology; and, completion of a specialty post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology. CPA only employs neuropsychologists who meet these standards.

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