Our neuropsychology practice involves diagnostic consultation, neuropsychological assessment, and a thorough evaluation of brain-behavior based problems in children, adolescents, adults, and late-age adults. We treat patients with cognitive therapy and neurocognitive rehabilitation (cognitive and memory training) and we also work with couples and families on relationship issues relevant to the identified patient.
Areas of focus:
Diagnosis, Assessment & Evaluation
Neuropsychological assessment works to create a profile of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses by gathering various forms of information: Assessment data; spouse, parent, teacher, and physician information; medical and psychiatric history, as well as clinical observations. During the assessment some of the following areas of functioning may be addressed:
• Intelligence, reasoning, and higher-order cognitive abilities
• Motor functioning & visuospatial abilities
• Social and adaptive skills
• Memory & learning
• Attention and regulation of behavior
• Organizational and planning skills
The tests are noninvasive and differ from brain imaging techniques such as computerized axial tomography (CAT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in that they require the individual to make use of their brain on a variety of tasks to see how the brain is functioning in real time.
Personality is also assessed, along with an evaluation of psychosocial stressors at work, home, and school. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment often requires several hours that may span more than one day. Appointments may be scheduled to accommodate work or school schedules.
The scope of the evaluation is determined during the initial clinical interview. An evaluation may address a specific need requested by your primary care provider; by a hospital, school, or clinic; or other health care provider. Evaluations are frequently tailored to meet the following kinds of requirements:
• Diagnostic testing for brain injury, tumors, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia. ADHD, LD, autistic spectrum disorders or other neurological disorders
• Accommodations for Clinical Board Certifications/Bar testing for law license, college & graduate level entrance examinations such as the SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and the like
• Educational transitions (e.g., promotion from 4th to 5th grade)
• School readiness evaluations
• Gifted testing
• Disability evaluations, Worker's Compensation Board evaluations, neurocognitive evaluations, mental status evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, bariatric surgery evaluations, and the evaluation and assessment of medically unexplained psychosomatic disorders
Treatment recommendations may include cognitive-behavioral therapy to address issues of anxiety or depression, behavior therapy for selective sound sensitivity, neurocognitive rehabilitation to address memory or reasoning abilities, and lifestyle changes. The latter may include an exercise program or plan, stress-reduction techniques, bibliotherapy (reading an article or book germane to your condition), Omega-3 fatty acids (fish or flaxseed oil), nootropics that enhance cognition and learning (click here), and other phytonutrients and nutraceuticals, among other things. You may be also referred to an outside health care provider more appropriate for your treatment (e.g., dialectical behavior therapist, psychoanalyst, cognitive-behavioral therapist, couples therapist, psychiatrist for psychiatric medication, neurologist, physiatrist, nutritionist, or physical therapist).