Why neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychological assessment is indicated when a cognitive change or impairment is suspected due to:
- Traumatic brain injury/concussion
- Stroke/cerebrovascular disease
- Anoxic brain injury/ metabolic injury
- Learning Disorders (e.g., ADHD, Development Delay)
- Substance abuse
- Parkinson disease/movement disorder
- Memory disorders/dementia (e.g., Alzheimer disease)
- Mild cognitive impairment
- Epilepsy/seizure disorders
- Brain tumors
- Neurodevelopmental/ neurodegenerative disorders
- Genetic disorders
- Systematic diseases affecting the brain or central nervous system (e.g., pain, organ failure)
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
The goal of testing is to measure how the individual performs relative to other individuals of their age and education. The assessment will take place in 1-2 clinic visits and consists of a comprehensive clinical interview with the individual and family members, as well as formal objective testing. A feedback session will be offered 1-2 weeks following the evaluation to provide in depth review of the findings and recommendations. Final reports are provided and outline the individual’s background, test findings, diagnosis, and specific recommendations. Overall conceptualization is provided and based on the individual’s unique profile.
Preparing for your visit:
- Complete the Patient History Questionnaire prior to your visit. You can download the form here, or request a copy be sent to you in the mail.
- If possible, ask a family member or trusted individual who knows your current concerns to join you for the first hour of this appointment in order to assist with providing background information.
- Bring insurance information to the visit. If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage for this visit, please contact your insurance company.
- Bring eyeglasses, contact lenses, and hearing aids to the appointment if you normally use them.
- Take your regularly prescribed medications on the day of your visit; do not use optional medications or substances that may cause drowsiness or alter thinking, such as allergy, pain, or anti-anxiety medication, alcohol, or cannabis on the day of your visit.
How do I schedule an appointment for an Adult Assessment?
Talk to your doctor to determine if you would benefit from a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. Call (217) 222-6550, ext. 3980 to request a packet and schedule an appointment.