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What is neuropsychology?

What is a clinical neuropsychologist?

What is the purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation?

What is a neuropsychological evaluation (test)?

What does a neuropsychological evaluation assess?

Are neuropsychological evaluations invasive?

How long does a neuropsychological evaluation last?

Where are the neuropsychological evaluations held?

Who will be administering the neuropsychological evaluations?

What will happen after the neuropsychological evaluation?

What about treatment planning?

Do you have a cancellation policy?

What types of payment do you accept?

What do I need to bring with me for my testing?

Where can I find further information about brain health, memory techniques, and other helpful information?

 

What is neuropsychology?

NeuroPsychology is defined as the study of brain-behavior relationships based on a combination of knowledge from basic neurosciences, functional neuroanatomy, neuropathology, clinical neurology, psychological assessment, psychopathology and psychological interventions.

 

What is a clinical neuropsychologist?

A clinical NeuroPsychologist is a professional psychologist who applies principals of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.

 

What is the purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is used to obtain several types of information. Reasons you have been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation may include, among others to:

  • Find possible problems with your brain functioning;
  • Determine the effects of a personal injury or a particular treatment modality
  • Help lead to a diagnosis;
  • Define your brain-related strengths and weaknesses;
  • Guide treatment for your personal, educational, medical or vocational needs;
  • Make relevant recommendations to your other health care provider(s);  or
  • Document possible changes in your functioning over time, secondary to medication and/or treatment.

 

An assessment can provide valuable information with regard to:

  • academic/vocational planning
  • behavioral adjustment
  • capacity to consent
  • disability level
  • driving capacity
  • executive functioning
  • intellectual & language ability
  • independent living capacity
  • learning capability & memory functioning
  • motor & sensory functioning
  • personality functioning
  • personal injury & loss of function
  • pre-surgical readiness
  • visual-spatial functioning
  • treatment outcome

 

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation typically involves assessment (testing) with a group of standardized tests that are sensitive to the effects of brain dysfunction.  Unlike CT or MRI scans, which show abnormalities in the structure of the brain, or an EEG, which show electrical abnormalities in the brain, neuropsychological assessment is used to show the ways in which a person can or cannot perform certain functions or tasks that are dependent upon brain activity.  These functions or tasks (for example, memory and learning) form the necessary building blocks of successful living in the individual’s daily life.

Impairment in many of these functions may exist because of brain abnormalities at a microscopic level that cannot be detected on CT or MRI scans.  Hence, neuropsychological assessment is a procedure with a unique outcome;  it can be used to reveal or diagnose brain dysfunction when no structural brain abnormalities can be seen neuroradiologically. Furthermore, when structural abnormalities have been found, neuropsychological assessment provides a way to determine what functions may be impaired because of the structural defects, and to determine the degree to which they may be impaired.

 

What does a neuropsychological evaluation assess?

The type of tests that you will take depend upon the questions you and your healthcare provider have. The tests may assess the following areas:

  • attention and memory;
  • reasoning and problem solving;
  • visual-spatial functions;
  • language functions;
  • sensory-perceptual functions;
  • motor functions;
  • academic skills; and
  • emotional functioning.

 

Are neuropsychological evaluations invasive?

No. The tests are not invasive; that is, they do not involve attaching you to any machines, needles, or X-rays. Most of the tests will involve questions and answers, or working with materials or paper/pencil on a table. Some tests may use a computer.

 

How long does a neuropsychological evaluation last?

The total evaluation time is approximately 4 hours. Testing is split up into two separate appointments and scheduled on two different days for 2 hours each. This may be longer if you are involved in litigation.

The neuropsychologist or a trained staff member may also spend some time talking with you about your medical, personal and school history as well.

 

Where are the neuropsychological evaluations held?

The evaluations are held at Dr. Rawlings’ office located at 720 Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite #201, Naples, Florida 34109.

 

Who will be administering the neuropsychological evaluations?

The testing will be administered by the neuropsychologist as well as a trained staff member.

 

What will happen after the neuropsychological evaluation?

There are two ways you might expect to hear about the results of this evaluation. More than likely, the neuropsychologist will schedule an appointment to go over the results with you directly, or the neuropsychologist may send the results to the healthcare provider that referred you and you may discuss the results with them during your next office visit. To discuss the results directly with the neuropsychologist, a third appointment must be made, this appointment typically lasts about 1.5 hours.

 

What about treatment planning?

A detailed analysis of the individual’s test findings will be used to plan or recommend treatment and/or compensation based on that person’s strengths and weaknesses. When appropriate, such plans are developed in conjunction with other professionals (e.g., physicians, teachers, rehabilitation specialists) to optimize adjustment, management, and outcome. Whenever possible, the family is included so as to be an integral part of the diagnostic and treatment planning process.

 

Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. We set aside valuable time for your appointment. If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be billed a $75 no-show fee per hour scheduled.

 

What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and check. No credit cards.

 

What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most insurance except Medicaid.

 

What do I need to bring with me for my testing?

We recommend you bring with you:  reading eye glasses,  hearing aids with new batteries, a beverage, a list of all medications and allergies, and dress comfortably (e.g. a sweater or socks).

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