Neuropsychological Testing / Assessments
A neuropsychological evaluation involves testing, which is sensitive to problems in brain functioning. Unlike CT or MRI scans, which show what the structure of the brain looks like, neuropsychological testing examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain functions (for example, remembering). The types of tests you will take depend upon the questions you and your doctor have. The tests may assess the following areas: attention and memory, reasoning and problem-solving, visual-spatial functions, language functions, sensory-perceptual functions, motor functions, academic skills, and emotional functioning. The tests are not invasive; that is, they do not involve attaching you to machines or using X-rays. Most of the tests will involve questions-and-answers or working with materials on a table. Some tests may use a computer. The testing will be performed by the neuropsychologist and will included information about your academic, personal and medical history. The total time involved in your evaluation will depend upon the questions you and your doctor have.
Psychological Testing / Assessments
A psychological assessment is a process which involves measuring and integrating information from multiple sources, such as tests of emotional functioning, behavior, ability, intelligence, interests, perceptions, and will also include behavioral observations. Collateral information will also be collected about personal, occupational/educational, or medical histories, such as from records or from interviews with parents, spouses, teachers, or previous therapists or physicians.