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Neuropsychological Testing

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a method of evaluating many different abilities such as problem solving, attention, memory, language, and motor skills. The results can help your physician determine a diagnosis and what treatment plan is best for you. We ask to set aside at least 4-5 hours to complete testing in order for us to assess all the higher functions of the brain. Testing involves pencil and paper tests and possibly computer-administered tests. We recommend getting a good night's sleep before each evaluation.

Who benefits from a neuropsychological evaluation?

Our specialists work with individuals who are born with or develop brain disorders, and those who experience brain injuries. An individual's impairment may range from mild to severe; our goal is to help understand the causes of certain moods and behaviors and to propose treatment solutions.

We help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults who have been diagnosed with conditions such as:

  • Dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Head trauma
  • Nervous system infection
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Learning disorders

The types of behaviors that might indicate the need for evaluation or treatment include:

  • Memory loss
  • Attention and concentration problems
  • Difficulty organizing and planning
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Changes in spatial skills
  • Difficulty writing or reading
  • Disturbed thinking or confusion

If you believe you might benefit from neuropsychological assessment talk with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Your doctor will be able to help you know whether a neuropsychological referral is appropriate to help you. Your doctor's office will contact ours to set up the appointment.

To schedule an appointment, call (603) 650-7075.

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