Clinical neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between the brain and behavior. We work to better understand this brain-behavior relationship by closely assessing developmental and emotional problems, illness, injury, academic achievement and poor performance at work. This gives us a more holistic picture of the individuals we work with. Comprehensive neuropsychological testing allows for more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment recommendations.
In order to gain perspective, we begin with an in-person consultation with Dr. Paul. This allows our team to provide a more informed assessment, evaluation and guidance.
Neuropsychological Assessment and Evaluation
We utilize the latest tools and interview techniques to measure and identify cognitive, motor, behavioral and linguistic impairments. The neuropsychological assessment involves a clinical interview, review of academic or work records, and testing (a variety of question-and-answer and hands-on activities). Testing involves taking paper, pencil and computerized tests as well as answering questions. Some tests are easy while others can be challenging. Our neuropsychological evaluations provide a deeper understanding of inherent strengths and challenges. One of our goals is to identify strengths that can help compensate for any learning difficulties.
Ongoing Support and Referrals
Our practice maintains an ongoing relationship with individuals and families, providing constant support. We monitor the progress and make any necessary changes in order to fit unique needs and learning styles.Our practice also provides quality referrals to various experts, physicians, learning specialists, tutors, and schools.
Dr. Paul is available to speak at schools, workshops and more. Feel free to contact her about any speaking engagements.
What is assessed?
Typical Neuropsych evaluations will assess:
• General intellect
• Learning and Memory
• Visual Spatial Skills
• Higher-order Integrative Functioning (Executive Functioning)
• Motor Skills
Psychoeducational assessments will evaluate:
• General intellect
• Academic skills and applications
• Memory and Learning
• Executive Functioning
Each assessment is individually tailored o the needs of the patient. Therefore some abilities are measured in greater detail than others.
What will results tell me about my child or myself?
• Testing has the power to help pinpoint certain memory and thinking problems. In some cases, testing might also be used to identify issues related to medical conditions, i.e. diabetes or alcoholism.
• Test results facilitate for more accurate diagnoses, because they tells us which areas of the brain might be involved with memory or thinking problems.
• Your physician will use information from the tests we provide – along with other tests he or he or she administers – to come to the most informed diagnosis possible.
• Often testing is simply used to establish a baseline skill-set
• Test results are very useful in planning treatments and accommodations that use strengths to compensate for weaknesses. The results help to identify what target problems to work on and which strategies to use.
• Scores on specific neuropsychological tests have shown to relate to everyday activities from money management and driving to effectiveness in work or school.