Neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists with specialized training in clinical/neurologic syndromes, neuroanatomy, psychometrics, standardized test administration and interpretation, therapy, and basics of neuroimaging.
Cognitive evaluations are comprehensive assessments of cognitive and behavioral functions using standardized tests and procedures based on normative data. Multiple areas of cognition are assessed including but not limited to IQ, academic achievement, attention and concentration, executive functioning (e.g., problems solving, conceptualization, organization, planning), memory and learning, language, visuospatial functioning, perceptual and motor functioning, and emotional/personality functioning.
How can a cognitive evaluation help me?
This information can help to:
- Accurately diagnose and effectively treat complex neurological or psychiatric disorders
- Determine IQ strengths and weaknesses
- Determine grade-level achievement in classroom subjects (e.g., math, reading, spelling)
- Establish a “baseline” of cognitive functioning which can be used to compare to performance during future evaluations (e.g., as a condition worsens, remains unchanged or improves with treatment)
- Be more specific about targeting identified cognitive impairments for rehabilitation – rather than “Do some crossword puzzles or Sudoku.”
- Recommend disability resources/benefits
- Recommend educational or occupational accommodations