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What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation Like?
Neuropsychological testing can take a few hours to complete, but it can be an interesting process. During testing, you will work face-to-face with a friendly clinician who will ask you to complete various cognitive exercises that are similar to "brain games." There are no needles, wires, or invasive measures, as all of the tests will simply require your mental skills. The evaluation will use paper-and-pencil and computerized tests to measure cognitive domains such as:
Memory & Learning
Information Processing Speed
Speech & Language Abilities
Sensory & Motor Functioning
Based on the neuropsychological evaluation and other clinical information, your doctor will identify your cognitive strengths, learning style, and areas of cognitive weakness. Your doctor will then recommend interventions including individualized strategies for overcoming difficulties and might also make referrals for other services such as counseling, academic accommodations, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, and/or psychopharmacological treatment, if needed. Although not always necessary, you will have the option to review your test results with your doctor soon after your test evaluation. A formal report detailing the test findings, conclusions, and recommendations may also be issued to you or whomever you give permission.