Neuropsychology looks at the relationship between brain function and behaviour.
Day-to-day abilities and thinking skills (including concentration, language, memory, learning, and problem-solving) can be influenced by a range of factors, including – but not limited to – neurological conditions (e.g. a head injury, stroke, dementia), trauma, genetic makeup, medication, and alcohol or drug use.
Neuropsychologists can assess people’s thinking and independent-living skills and recommend tailored supports so they can achieve their social, educational and career goals.
What is involved in a neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychologists use a wide range of special techniques and tests to measure how brain injuries or conditions affect abilities and skills. Those tests can include answering questions, remembering certain information, completing puzzles, and writing things down.
When should a neuropsychological assessment be conducted?
A neuropsychological assessment could be beneficial when:
- a child is falling greatly behind in their school work
- wanting to know someone’s strengths and challenges, in relation to their thinking skills, to tailor strategies and intervention.
- a person’s behaviour and personality changes dramatically, especially if it happens after a stay in hospital or they experience a brain injury
- therapies and supports don’t seem to be working, and it may be because the person is having trouble paying attention or following instructions during therapy sessions
- there is a history of brain-related issues such as head injury, stroke, epilepsy, or substance abuse
- a person living with intellectual disability needs an IQ test to see if they are eligible for services and supports
- wanting to see if a person is okay to return to work or school, and drive, after they’ve had a brain injury
Novita Neuropsychology Assessments
Novita provides neuropsychology assessments at our Adelaide and regional locations. These assessments can play an important role in planning appropriate supports for people living with brain-related disability.
You may also wish to see a Neuropsychologist if you, or your child, have previously had an assessment and need support understanding the results. Follow-up assessments, particularly to track a person’s recovery following a head injury, can also be arranged.
Non-verbal assessments can be conducted. These generally require the person to be able to point to objects, count up to 25, know the alphabet and/or be able to draw basic shapes and symbols.
The assessment process usually includes an interview and three to four hours of testing. These assessments are usually conducted over two or three sessions. Feedback is then provided in person, or via telephone consultation.
Contact Novita to discuss or book a neuropsychological assessment.