NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?

Neuropsychological testing is a type of testing performed by a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in the field of neuropsychology. Neuropsychological assessments are indicated for patients who have common neurocognitive conditions like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or even learning disorders such as dyslexia. In addition to these common conditions, neuropsychologists will frequently evaluate patients who have more serious neuropsychological conditions like dementia, traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy, or post-concussive syndromes. Any injury or medical condition that could be negatively affecting cognition, mood, or behavior may warrant an assessment from a neuropsychologist.

COMMON TESTS GIVEN BY NEUROPSYCHOLOGISTS

Neuropsychologists administer psychological tests that are similar to those given by clinical psychologists who do testing. These tests assess intelligence, academic functioning, mood, motor functions, and personality. In addition, neuropsychologists administer specialized tests of neurocognitive functioning that are meant to evaluate more detailed aspects of a person’s thought processes and memory. Tests commonly administered by neuropsychologists include:
  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Beery VMI)
  • Conners Continuous Performance Test, 3rd Edition (CPT-3)
  • Grooved Pegboard Test
  • Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery (HRNB)
  • Integrated Visual-Auditory Continuous Performance Test, 2nd Edition (IVA-2)
  • Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory, 4th Edition (MCMI-IV)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd and 3rd Editions (MMPI-2 & MMPI-3)
  • NEPSY (A Developmental Test of Neuropsychological Assessment)
  • Dementia Rating Scale, 2nd Edition (DRS-2)
  • Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS)
  • Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (ROCF)
  • Trail-making Tests
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th Edition (WAIS-IV)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th Edition (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, 4th Edition (WIAT-IV)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale, 4th Edition (WMS-IV)
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities, 4th Edition (WJ-IV Cognitive)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, 4th Edition (WJ-IV Achievement)
  • HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED NEURPOPSYCH TESTING?

    For younger children and teenagers, a teacher, learning specialist, or a physician may suggest they receive a neuropsychological assessment. Often, these referrals are made because someone in the child’s life, even a parent, has concerns about the child’s attention, behavior, or mood. In fact, one of the most commonplace conditions assessed for and diagnosed by neuropsychologists is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Other common reasons a child or adult may require a neuropsychological evaluation is because an accident or medical event has caused some kind of observable cognitive impairment. Examples include concussions, strokes, seizures, age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS). After a neuropsychologist makes a diagnosis, their recommendations may include medication, cognitive rehabilitation, academic accommodations in school, or psychotherapy.

    Typically, a neuropsychological test battery can take from 6 to 8 hours to administer depending on the nature pf the presenting problem (though in some cases testing may need to be broken up into two days). The test process begins with a clinical interview that takes approximately an hour (commonly, for kids, two interviews are conducted, one with parents and another interview with the child while undergoing testing). After the interview, testing will occur with a psychometrist trained in the administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests. After testing is complete, the psychologist in charge of your assessment will analyze and interpret the test data and you will be provided feedback (either verbally or in written format).

    If you are wondering if your child has an attention, learning, or emotional issue that could be affecting their academic performance or general life functioning, we strongly recommend a psychological test battery by a qualified licensed psychologist. Please contact Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates for additional information about our psychological assessment process.

    EVERY SERVICE WE PROVIDE STARTS WITH A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT BATTERY

    Your testing process will be supervised by a psychologist and the assessment will begin with a clinical interview to get necessary background info. After, you will be tested by a psychometrician who will administer intellectual, academic, attention, emotion, and personality measures.
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    ADHD IN COLLEGE STUDENTS

    IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED

    Though ADHD symptoms are easily recognizable in many people, they are not as apparent in high achieving college students who put in grueling hours to achieve their grades, leaving them beleaguered and taxed. These students often lack sleep and are very susceptible to developing anxiety and depressive disorders that compound their ADHD symptoms. For these students, academic accommodations are essential.

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