What are the components of an evaluation?

Neuropsychological assessment involves assessment of cognitive abilities relevant for daily life.  These abilities may include

  • Attention
  • Verbal and visual memory
  • Visuospatial skills
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Cognitive processing speed
  • Fine motor skills
  • Intellectual functioning (IQ)
  • Executive functions (e.g.,  self-monitoring and problem solving) 
  • For evaluations focused on identifying possible learning disabilities, additional measures assessing academic achievement are used.
  • Emotional functioning is also assessed during neuropsychological assessment

How are the results used?

  • Results from neuropsychological testing are compared to age-appropriate normative data to determine whether a given individual’s performance is within normal limits or impaired relative to age-peers. 
  • These evaluations can be helpful for diagnosis, treatment planning and monitoring, documentation of cognitive strengths and weakness, rehabilitation, and longitudinal monitoring of disease symptoms.
  • A Neuropsychological report will be generated following the assessment and sent to the referral source.  The report includes a review of how the test results explain underlying reasons for the client’s presenting problem. The report is viewed as one of the most useful pieces of the neuropsychological evaluation because it communicates the nature of the presenting problem in clear language to referring physicians. It is then used as a tool for treatment planning and tracking progress.

How long does an assessment last?

  • Assessment time can range anywhere from 1 to 6 hours, depending on the nature of the referral question.  On some occasions, testing may occur over two testing days.
  • Results can be reviewed in an additional feedback session scheduled with Dr. Cahn-Weiner.