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What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology helps us understand how the brain works by evaluating skills related to different systems of brain function. Neuropsychology can help your understanding and treatment of known or suspected neurologic impairment that may interfere with meeting demands of daily living at home, school or work.

A neuropsychological assessment can aid in differential diagnosis of neurologic versus psychologic syndromes and facilitate appropriate treatment desicions. A comprehensive evaluation provides a baseline of neurobehavioral functioning following known brain injury and can be useful in identifying potential barriers for decision making. Focus is placed on:

Attention/concentration skills

Emotional adjustment

Executive function

General orientation and awareness

Language skills

Memory/learning skills

Sensory/perceptual and motor skills

Visual/spatial skills

What does the testing involve?

The evaluation is a consult with the doctor, followed by series of paper and pencil, mechanical and/or computerized tests. The assessment does not involve lab work or needles of any kind, and is completely painless and done in a professional environment with the testee and testor sitting across the table from one another.

Keep these tips in mind for testing:

Get a good night’s sleep.

Bring reading glasses and hearing aids if you wear them.

You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks, or even a sack lunch for longer sessions. We will take breaks if needed.

Wear comfortable clothes

How long will testing take?

Testing is individualized to address the referral question and the individual’s concerns, as such that younger children and seniors may take less time to complete the evaluation, in as little as a few hours. Others may require a longer testing session. An interview, testing, and an interpretation of the test results normally takes two to three sessions.

When will I find out the results?

The results are sent to the referral source or reported during the interpretation session, which is normally scheduled about 10-15 working days after the evaluation is completed.

Does a child need to come back for a follow-up?

A child under the age of 16 may not have the sufficient appreciation of the results and is not required to attend the interpretation session. It is not recommended that a young child attend the interpretation session.

Who gets the results?

The results can be given exclusively to patient and referring doctor and may be sent to others with prior written permission.

Can I get a copy of the results?

Yes. A copy of the results can be requested from the office. However, the report is written for the referring individual- typically a physician. A summarized report in lay person’s terms can be provided in lieu of the formal report.

What kinds of training do the test technicians have?

Standards for training test technicians have been published by the American Psychological Association, Division 40 – Clinical Neuropsychology guidelines. The minimum is a college degree with advanced training in psychometrics and administration standards. A National Certification is available for the highest level of recognition within this field.

Will the tests say I am crazy?

The tests are ability and achievement tools that measure skills such as attention, concentration, language, and memory. This provides a description of an individual’s unique abilities compared to someone of the same age and level of education. The tests measure thinking skills, not whether someone is “crazy”.

Who refers to Hampton Roads Neuropsychology?

Family members, physicians, educators, attorneys, judges, athletic trainers, nurse case managers and rehabilitation specialists.

Is this service covered by insurance and what is my financial responsibility?

As a courtesy we contact commercial and workman's comp carriers to confirm covering and eligibility prior to the first appointment. The patient is responsible for all copays and coinsurances at the time of the appointment. It is important to note that claims are always subject to review upon submission. There is no guarantee of payment, and insurance coverage is a contract between the policy holder and the carrier.

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