Neuropsychological testing investigates the relationship between the brain and behavior.  Data are gathered through the evaluation process.  This begins with an in-depth interview regarding developmental, educational, medical, and social history.  Based on the presenting problem, batteries of tests are selected to answer questions pertaining to the clinician’s hypotheses.

New York Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology Group (NYPNG) will use these tests to assess some of the following areas:

  • Intelligence – commonly used tests include the Wechsler batteries, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities -3rd Edition, and Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales – 5th Edition
  • Academic/Achievement – commonly used tests include the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-3rd Edition, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement – 3rd Edition, Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement- 2nd Edition, and the Wide Range Achievement Test – 4th Edition
  • Language – commonly used tests include the Boston Naming Test, Token Test, and the CELF-4
  • Visual-Motor – commonly used tests include the Rey-Osterrich Complex Figure Test and the Bender-Gestalt.
  • Memory/Learning – commonly used tests include the Wechsler Memory Scales – 4th Edition, California Verbal Learning Test – 2nd Edition, and the Children’s Memory Scales
  • Attention/Concentration – commonly used tests include the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Task, Trail Making Test, and the Corsi Block Tapping Task.
  • Executive Functions – commonly used tests include the Stroop Color Word Test, the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, and the Delis-Kaplin Executive Functions System.

Additionally, personality, motivation, decision-making, empathy, sensory processes, processing speed, auditory processing, and motor speed/strength may be assessed.  Neuropsychological testing is usually a comprehensive process and may take on average about 2-4 hours of testing.  Some neuropsychological evaluations may be longer or shorter based on the referral questions.

Who requests neuropsychological evaluations?
Neuropsychological evaluations are usually requested by the family of someone suffering from possible neurological effects of illness or injury or having some significant life difficulty in school, work, or social relations.  Physicians, employers, and schools may also refer a person for a psychological evaluation.
What information will I receive by having a neuropsychological evaluation completed at NYPNG?
Questions related to diagnosis and probable causes of illness may be answered.  Prognosis and recommendations for treatment will be provided.  A profile of a person’s cognitive style and strengths and weaknesses will be generated.
What happens once testing is completed at NYPNG?
Once testing is completed, you will meet with the neuropsychologist to discuss the results of the evaluation.  At this feedback session, recommendations will be discussed and your questions will be answered.  You will also receive a copy of the neuropsychological report, which may be useful to other professionals.

 

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