Neuropsychological Evaluations

Understanding Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological Evaluation is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality, and capabilities. It is important to know that Neuropsychological Evaluation is not the same as Psychotherapy.

Neuropsychological and psychological evaluation include a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s intellectual, academic, and/or emotional functioning. Results from evaluations can be used to give opinions and make recommendations concerning diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, job or school functioning, ability to drive, ability to live independently, and/or the need for further evaluations. When appropriate, this information can be shared with the individual being evaluated, his or her family members, teachers, or health care providers.

The Neuropsychological Evaluation process takes place in four primary stages:

1. Intake Interview

The intake interview is conducted between the client and the psychologist . The purpose of this interview is to obtain background information, discuss your concerns, and identify the objectives for the evaluation. This process can take 45 – 120 minutes.

2. Testing

Testing may take place over the course of one or more sessions lasting 1-6 hours per session. The total testing time usually ranges between 4 – 12 hours, depending on the individual needs of the client.

3. Scoring, Interpretation, and Report Writing

Your psychologist will score and interpret the results from testing. In addition, your psychologist may prepare a report depending on your needs. The amount of time dedicated to this process typically ranges from 2-18 hours dependent on the complexity of the case.

4. Client/Parent Feedback Meeting

Your psychologist will invite you to a feedback meeting to provide interpretation about the testing results, review diagnostic impressions, and discuss treatment recommendations. This meeting will take place about 3-4 weeks after the completion of the above process and will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

In addition to the stages of the Neuropsychological Evaluation described above, other services are sometimes necessary. For example, your psychologist may find it helpful to speak with other professionals involved in your care, or your child’s care. Such professionals can include teachers, physicians, counselors, or other psychologists. For some children, a school observation may be recommended to provide a better idea of how your child is functioning in his or her educational setting. In some cases, your evaluation may include an interview with your closest family member(s) and/or significant other(s). If consultation with outside parties is necessary, you will be asked to sign an Authorization to Release Information form prior to any communication.