When clients contact our clinic, the conversation often starts with “Please help me find out what’s wrong with my kid” or “Please help me find out what’s wrong with ME.” Our neuropsychological evaluations point out the areas in which the client has less strong abilities – but we also find and emphasize the strengths of our clients. Doing so allows the areas of strength to be built upon in order to address the areas that may not be as strong.
A neuropsychological evaluation is the most thorough and comprehensive of all the assessments that we offer. Neuropsychological testing covers many areas of cognitive and behavioral evaluation, including:
- Intellectual or General Cognitive Abilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Sensory Perceptual (How Information Is Input: Vision, Hearing, Touch)
- Motor Function (How Information Is Output: Fine or Gross Motor, Graphomotor, Coordination)
- Attention and Behavioral Concerns (Including ADD /ADHD)
- Memory and Learning
- Language Abilities
- Visual-Spatial Skills
- Executive Functions, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Analysis
- Emotional Status and How It Relates to Learning (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
- Personality and Behavioral Assessment
- Social Issues (Autism, Asperger’s, Peer Problems)
CNLD Testing & Therapy provides psychological testing and neuropsychological testing services. Our intake coordinator can help you determine which testing option is ideal for you or your child. Contact us at (734) 994-9466 to schedule your consultation.
What Happens during Neuropsychological Testing?
Adult clients will have been interviewed already prior to their assessment day, so they’ll start right in with testing. Child clients will be interviewed by the psychologist on the day of the evaluation with questions about what they like about school, if there are any concerns at home or school – things like that. Some aspects of neuropsychological testing are just like school, even for adults. They include math problems, writing stories, organizing items or answering questions. Some of it is much more game-like with puzzles or memory questions.
We take breaks between testing sessions for 5-10 minutes every hour or more often as needed, so there’s always time for a snack, playing a game in the waiting room, checking email or getting a breath of fresh air outside. Assessments that continue into the afternoon have a lunch break for an hour between the morning and afternoon sessions.
What Happens after Neuropsychological Testing
After the neuropsychological testing is complete, the psychologist can examine performance levels from each test, compare that information with the pattern of performance against all the tests and look for unusual signs in these patterns. Comparisons also are made with the client and his/her peers, whether by age, education level or a combination of the two. Processing can be tracked across the hierarchy of skills to see where learning may be breaking down. Bringing all of this together allows for a coherent view of the client to be laid out including the diagnosis (if one is able to be made clinically), intervention and treatment plans, which can be managed over time to track progress.
Our neuropsychological assessments also include a one-hour meeting with our educational advocate, when appropriate. This is to help ensure that family has all the help they need implementing the suggested interventions into the school setting.
No matter what the diagnosis is after neuropsychological testing, the highly-experienced team here at CNLD Testing & Therapy will guide you through the aftermath. You’ll learn what the root cause of you or your child’s struggles are, and then find effective solutions to address them.