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neuropsychological

assessment

This is an assessment of brain-based functioning as it relates to IQ, learning, attention and memory and behaviour. Common conditions that a neuropsychological assessment may be completed for include an Educational Assessment, ADHD Assessment and Giftedness.

A full neuropsychological assessment includes:

 

1. Cognitive (IQ/Psychometric) Assessment (2½ - 89+ years) 

A specialised assessment of intellectual strengths & needs, including verbal and nonverbal problem solving, working memory and speed of processing information. This can be used to inform how an individual’s thinking style can help explain any difficulties or quantify giftedness.

 

2. Attention and Concentration

This is an assessment to investigate the presence of neurological or brain- based issues with attention. We use observations of the individual, parents and teachers (if child assessment) as well as a computer-based continuous performance test. From these tests we can ascertain core problems with sustained or prolonged attention including, reaction time variability, response time, impulsivity and inattention. 

 

We use these kinds to of tests to help clarify referrals for attention problems. We believe you are MORE THAN A CHECKLIST OF SYMPTOMS when potentially diagnosing conditions like ADHD. We want to make sure there is NO OTHER explanation for what is going on with you or your child.

 

3. Academic (Educational) Progress (5 - 89+ years)

A group of assessments that are needed to determine achievement and to understand delayed progression. We test for Specific Learning Disorders to help explain presenting problems.

  • Reading Disorder (Dyslexia) or

  • Mathematics Disorder (Numerical Reasoning) or

  • Disorders of Writing /Written Expression

  • Disorders of Oral Expression including Verbal Fluency

The IQ test we do as part of this assessment helps us to understand an individual’s underlying problem solving ability.

 

4. Memory

We are interested in understanding all aspects of verbal and non-verbal (picture) memory in helping differentiate problems, especially attention problems. These include;

  • Short-term memory,

  • Working memory,

  • Long term memory as well as 

  • Recognition memory.

 

5. Executive Functioning

This is a set of neurological abilities involving, planning, organisation, verbal fluency, and reasoning ability both with and without words.

 

6. Social, Emotional and Behaviour

We use various tests to profile these aspects of an individual.  The tests used may be based on self-report, or using rating forms for parent, teachers or others, depending on the particular aspect. These tests are determined following initial information and testing in order for us to rule in or out certain conditions.
 

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