The neuropsychological evaluation is used to understand how your "thinking skills" are operating including memory, language, concentration, visual perception, and problem-solving.
The neuropsychological evaluation is helpful in understanding the after effects of head injury, stroke and certain illnesses, and for memory problems and other cognitive concerns. It helps identify ways in which you can strengthen weak thinking skills, and it can explore the contribution of tension or stress to memory or concentration problems. The goal of the evaluation is to provide you and your doctor with information that can be used to determine the best course of treatment.
The evaluation consists of several short tasks. Some of these are paper and pencil tests and questionnaires; others are more like games or puzzles. Many patients find them fun and challenging.
An evaluation generally lasts between 1-4 hours depending on the type of evaluation. You may take breaks as needed. Generally the procedures move quickly and patients do not usually find them too tiring. If you wear glasses or hearing aids, be sure to bring them with you to the visit.
Many insurance companies cover all or parts of the testing; check with your insurance carrier for further information. Most insurance carriers require prior authorization, and some require a written referral from your primary care physician.
These services are offered at each of our sites, with the exception of the Providence Office and the Neurology Center for Sleep Disorders.