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What is the way to get a neuropsychological evaluation?

Initial Paperwork:

Upon scheduling an appointment for neuropsychological evaluation, you are encouraged to fill out initial paperwork. 

  • hover over the How to Start link for the forms

  • Click on forms needed 

    • Kids/Adolescence (6-18) - D&M Form and Initial Consult Form​

    • Adults - Initial Consult Form only

  • Email here or print and bring to initial consultation appointment​

1. Initial Consultation 

Prior to initiating neuropsychological testing, we will complete a detail initial consult with you. The questions will be regarding your or your child's medical, developmental, social, and emotional history and to review your presenting concerns. This process requires approximately one hour of your time.  

Note: Please do not bring other children to your child's appointments to allow quiet environment needed for successful testing process and to allow us to provide our full attention to the patient/s.

2. Neuropsychological Testing 

You will be scheduled with one of our fully trained Psychometrist where the patient will complete a full neuropsychological test battery. Domains assessed will include: general intellectual ability, academic achievement (reading, writing, and math skills), learning and memory, visual-motor skills, auditory processing skills, attentional functioning, executive functions (planning, cognitive flexibility, inhibition), and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. During this time, the Psychometrist will also be taking careful clinical observation of their behavior. The patient will be offered short breaks as needed. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks to this appointment. This process requires approximately 4.5 hours for the first testing date in some cases we do require a second testing date for kids and this appointment will require approximately 2.5 hours.

Note: Neuropsychological testing is completed one-on-one with the patient without parents or others present in the room unless there is an extenuating circumstance.

3. Systemic Neuropsychological Analysis

The neuropsychologist analyzes and integrates all of the information collected during the initial interview, testing, and observations made. The patient is then compared to other adults/children of the same age and grade and is contrasted with your child’s abilities in other areas. We take time to analyze all data and write a report that with be sent to your treating providers. Also, Dr. Higgins will provide the patient with information on how to help with development and improve the brain's functioning.

4. Feedback 

We will schedule your final appointment to discuss the finding of your neuropsychological evaluation. During this appointment clinical neuropsychologist will provide the patient with feedback regarding their unique neurocognitive strengths and areas of need. He will also explain in detail his clinical thinking, diagnostic impression, future prognosis and give treatment recommendations for interventions and treatment plan.

Intervention recommendations for children may include: resources for parents including books, websites, support groups, etc., review of available parent-implemented intervention options, specific instructional recommendations for school personnel based upon the child's individual pattern of strengths and needs, referrals to other professionals (e.g., speech/language therapist, pediatrician, child psychiatrist, or other provider) depending on the child's individual needs.

Intervention recommendations for adults may include: brain exercises, recommendations for therapeutic approaches to look for, exercises, medicine, occupational therapy, referrals to other professionals, if needed. 

Note: Family, friends or caregivers may attend this appointment.

5. Neuropsychological Report:

In 24 hours, you will receive your child's summary report with all provided diagnoses, tests, scores, treatment recommendations and educational accommodations. This report will start you to getting services, medication and other interventions in place.

Soon after you will receive the patients full neuropsychological report by e-mail. This report will include the patient's developmental history, detailed explanation of the tests administered, test data, interpretation of test data, diagnostic impression and a comprehensive summary of treatment recommendations, educational accommodations, and developmental interventions. 

The final report will be faxed to the patient's treating physicians. Additionally, we may send the report to your child's school at your request and with your written permission.  

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