What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions using a set of standardized tests and procedures. Various mental functions are systematically tested, including, but not limited to:
- Problem Solving and conceptualization
- Planning and organization
- Attention, memory, and learning
- Academic skills
- Perceptual and motor abilities
- Emotion, behavior, and personality
When is a Neuropsychological Evaluation Needed?
A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended for any case in which brain-based impairment in cognitive function or behavior is suspected. Typical referrals are made to diagnose or rule out the following conditions, and to describe their impact on a person’s cognitive functioning:
- Academic and Learning Difficulties
- Attention Deficit Disorder and Executive Function Weakness
- Developmental Disorders
- Neurological Conditions
- Seizure Disorders
- Medical Illness
- Memory Concerns
- Emotional/Behavioral Problems
- Dementing Conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease)
At what age should a neuropsychological evaluation be performed?
Age-appropriate tests are used for children aged 6 and older, adolescent, and adult evaluation. Therefore, an individual of any age can be evaluated.
How long will the appointment last?
The answer to this question depends on the reason for evaluation, the patient’s medical history, and complexity of the individual case. Appointments generally range in duration from four to eight hours. Before an appointment, we will ask you to complete some history and registration forms. These forms may be downloaded from this web site, or we will mail them directly to you. Completing these forms in advance will help your doctor prioritize the time you spend in our office.
Does CTN file claims with insurance companies?
CTN is insurance friendly. As a patient, you have the responsibility for filing the claim and your insurance company will pay you directly. However, CTN will provide you with the appropriate paperwork, including a description of the service, date of service, evaluation procedure code, a listing of all tests administered, time required for the evaluation, and the diagnosis code. Check with your insurance provider about your coverage for specific information. Payment for all services (evaluation and therapy) is expected at the time of the first appointment.
Does CTN accept Medicare?
Yes, our office is a Medicare Part-B provider.
What should I expect if I’m being evaluated?
Our doctors are experienced in working with people of various ages and from all types of backgrounds. We understand that some people may feel nervous about getting tested. We strive to treat our patients with the highest respect and to make each person feel as comfortable as possible. Testing is conducted in a private room with one of our staff. Patients will be asked to complete various tasks that involve thinking and information processing. Most people find the tasks to be interesting and feel that they have gotten a good “mental workout.” We also encourage our patients to take breaks when needed.
How does a neuropsychological evaluation differ from a learning disability assessment done at school?
Learning disability assessments usually focus upon measuring IQ-academic achievement discrepancies. If attention is assessed, it is usually done by having an observer fill out a behavior rating scale. All of this provides information about comparing a student to his/her peers for identifying problems. A neuropsychological evaluation is an interactive assessment that uses standardized procedures to understand the process of how and why an individual behaves, struggles, or fails. The focus is upon understanding the reasons for the problem. The results should be linked to interventions, which may or may not be school based.
How quickly will I receive the results?
Evaluation results are typically completed within 3-4 weeks.