A neuropsychological assessment provides a detailed profile of an individual’s cognitive and behavioural strengths and weaknesses and is recognised as a sensitive tool for the diagnosis of cognitive impairment within the context of various disorders.

The results from a neuropsychological assessment assist with diagnosis and treatment planning for people experiencing difficulties with memory, attention, language or other aspects of cognition or behaviour. While neuroimaging (MRI, PET, fMRI) can show the structure and function of the brain, clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists are trained to complete neuropsychological assessment that is uniquely placed to integrate medical, psychological, and personal histories into a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s overall cognition, behaviours and quality of life. Sage Clinical Psychology provides neuropsychological assessment for adults and older adults. 

The adult neuropsychological assessment commonly focuses on:
◦ Neurodevelopmental disorders - Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

◦ Acquired Brain Injury - traumatic brain injuries from motor vehicle accidents, falls, tumours, hypoxia
◦ Neurodegenerative Disorders - Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonian Syndromes, Fronto-Temporal Dementias
◦ Vascular Disorders - stroke, Vascular Dementias
◦ Psychiatric Disorders – Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia

When is a neuropsychological assessment needed?
A neuropsychological assessment is usually recommended when there are significant changes with memory, other thinking skills, or behaviour. There may be cognitive or behavioural changes that have been observed by the individual or significant others in their life associated with compromises in concentration, organisation, planning, reasoning, memory, language, perception, coordination, or changes in personality. 

Because neurological conditions can change over time and with treatment, neuropsychological assessment can provide both initial baseline assessments and future comparison assessments. 

What happens during a neuropsychological assessment?
◦  Neuropsychological assessments involve clinical interviews plus a range of cognitive tests, individually selected and administered to address the referral question.
◦  The individual may also be asked to complete questionnaires to review their mood, behaviour, and personality.

What occurs following the assessment?
◦  A comprehensive report including recommendations for therapy or future planning will be prepared for the client and the referrer.
◦  A feedback session will be offered to assist their understanding of the findings and recommendations.

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Adult and Older Adult Neuropsychological Assessment

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