Clinical Services

Parents

Looking for support and answers? Are you unhappy with previous evaluations you received? Still unclear about your child’s diagnosis?
We can help.

Understanding Your Brain Injury

Have you or your loved one suffered a brain injury, stroke, or another neurological condition that is impacting cognitive functioning?
We can help.

Family Caregivers

Caring for aging parents suffering from memory decline and functional limitations can be a challenge. Neurological issues could impact their ability to live independently.
We can help.

Neuropsychological Evaluations

What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology focuses on understanding brain functioning and how it relates to behavior and cognition across adulthood.

An evaluation is typically recommended when symptoms or complaints relating to cognition, memory, or behavior become evident. Additionally, changes in concentration, organization, reasoning, language, perception, coordination, and/or personality are commonly present.


Neuropsychological Evaluations are extensive and highly specialized assessments of an individual’s cognitive (brain/thinking) abilities. Testing consists of objective standardized tests that detect certain brain-based conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. This type of assessment is appropriate for anyone who either suspects that he/she is suffering cognitive decline due to a neurological disorder or has sustained any type of trauma to the head/brain, including concussions. An assessment will provide you with vital information regarding the subtle to severe cognitive and personality changes following a head injury, stroke, or brain tumor. The information acquired will also be used in making the appropriate recommendations and accommodation requests that you or your loved one may need to successfully transition back to work or school, and/or to independent living.

Pediatric and Adolescent Neuropsychology

A child might be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation by his/her treating physician in cases where the child or adolescent has sustained any type of trauma to the head/brain, including concussions and seizures. An assessment will provide vital information regarding the subtle to severe cognitive and/or personality changes expected following a head injury. The information acquired will also be used in requesting the necessary accommodations a child may need to successfully transition back to school or play.

Pediatric neuropsychology focuses on brain functioning throughout childhood into adolescence. For this age group, a special focus is placed upon acquisition of developmental milestones within specific age range with regard to the development of language, motor, and social interaction skills, as well as attention, academic achievement, and adaptive behavior.

A neuropsychological evaluation can provide you with the answers you need to help your child excel in life. If you are a parent who is concerned about your child’s level of functioning in one or more of the following areas, we can help.

● Attentional and concentration
● Difficulty processing information (i.e.: sensory, auditory, etc.)
● Learning difficulties or struggling to keep up academically in reading, writing, and math
● Executive dysfunction demonstrated as poor organization, planning, and inhibition
● Intellectual disability
● Autism spectrum disorder
● Socialization issues
● Language or communication delay
● Global developmental delay
● Behavioral or emotional problems

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What Will A Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation Address?

 
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A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation will provide information regarding your child’s abilities in areas such as memory, attention, processing speed, executive functions, perceptual reasoning, and language, as well as personality. This information will help you and your child’s teacher, pediatrician, and/or therapist provide treatments and interventions specifically for your child that will meet his or her unique needs.
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How Does a Neuropsychological Evaluation Differ from the School Psychological Assessment?

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Assessments provided within the school typically focus on whether a child is eligible to receive special education programs or therapies as a means to improve academic performance. Testing focuses on age-appropriate achievement and skills needed for academic success, but often ignore many critical aspects of functioning, such as inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity. Furthermore, these assessments typically do not provide a diagnosis of learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development.

Understanding Your Brain Injury

If you or your loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, including depression, anxiety, frustration, difficulty controlling anger, or irritability, we can help.
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Forgetfulness

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Difficulty remembering names and/or things

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Problems thinking of the right word

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Decreased concentration

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Increased difficulty with problem solving

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Difficulty doing more than one thing at a time (multi-tasking) or switching between tasks

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Slowed thinking

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Changes in mood, behavior, and/or personality

Assessments & Evaluations

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. ADHD causes behavioral dysregulation that can significantly impact an individual’s overall cognitive functioning, causing impairments in learning, memory, organization, planning, and processing speed. Even though ADHD initially develops in childhood, it often persists into adulthood. Objective, evidence-based data is critical to confirm an ADHD diagnosis and determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychoeducational Assessments are appropriate if your child is struggling in school and/or if he or she is suspected of having a disorder, such as ADHD or a Learning Disability. Testing for Gifted placement and special accommodations for exams such as SAT, GRE, MCAT and LSAT are also available.

Psychological Evaluation

Psychological Assessments are most commonly done for children who are displaying problematic behaviors in the home and/or at school. Recommendations for treatment are made based on the testing results.
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What To Expect On Testing Day?

 
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The initial intake consists of meeting with the Neuropsychologist in order to gather an accurate developmental, medical, and psychological history the patient. The intake takes approximately 45 minutes. During this time, the patient, or child and his/her parent(s), will be asked to share their concerns.
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Testing is conducted face to face. The testing session can take between 3 to 4 hours and can be divided into two sessions, preferably on consecutive days. Testing measures are a combination of paper/pencil, computer, and self-report administrations.
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The Feedback session is done within three to four weeks following the testing administration portion. During that time, the Neuropsychologist will review the results of the evaluation, diagnosis, and recommendations. The patient will receive a copy of the written report.

Additional Evaluations Provided

Spanish Neuropsychological Evaluations

In order to improve the accuracy of the neuropsychological findings, Spanish-speaking patients are assessed in their native language. Rather than translating English forms, we use Hispanic, or Spanish-based testing instruments and corresponding normative data. The utilization of Spanish testing material and Spanish-based scoring norms allows us to arrive at a more accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Citizenship Evaluations

Our citizenship evaluation includes a complete neuropsychological evaluation. The option for completion of the N648 form is available. The N648 form is a request for an exception to the English and civics testing requirements for naturalization due to physical or developmental disability or mental impairment. The content within the N648 is founded on the individual’s testing results along with any other collateral medical records provided.

Pre-surgical Psychological Clearance

This is a specialized psychological evaluation which includes a thorough evaluation of the patient’s emotional and cognitive ability to undergo a surgical procedure (i.e.: spinal cord stimulator; intrathecal pump placement). A mental status examination is also conducted. This type of assessment is now typically required by insurance companies for the approval of surgical pain interventional procedures and bariatric surgeries.

Why have I been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is typically requested by the patient’s treating physician when the presence of neurocognitive impairments is suspected. However, a patient’s spouse, family member, or caregiver can also request this type of evaluation upon noticing a decline in cognition and/or persistent changes in mood and behavior, particularly if the patient’s ability to care for self is of concern. A comprehensive assessment can help in making important decisions regarding independence by answering questions such as:

Can the patient live safely on their own?

Can the patient independently manage their finances and medications safely?

Can the patient drive safely on their own?

Can the patient prepare meals safely?

Can the patient be left alone?

Can the patient go to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, or shopping alone?

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