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A standard psychological evaluation (a.k.a "psych eval") typically evaluates general cognitive and personality functioning and is geared toward diagnosing psychiatric conditions. For example, a psychological evaluation may help diagnose a condition such as ADHD based on behavior. A neuropsychological evaluation looks more specifically at underlying cognitive processes that are contributing to the symptoms, which may lead to more specific treatment recommendations, especially for complex cases where solutions may otherwise be illusive.
Neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive processes. Neuropsychology integrates understanding of genetic, developmental, and environmental history with data from testing conducted in our office to better understand brain functioning. When there is a neurological or neurodevelopmental disorder, our evaluations can help understand the evolution of a disorder over the lifespan, to help families gain control of the present and plan for the future.
To understand cognitive strengths and weaknesses, neuropsychological testing typically evaluates:
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Documentation of a known or suspected neurological/organic condition directly related to the child’s symptoms, which must be a diagnosis the insurance company approves; and
2. A referral from the child’s physician that shows sufficient evidence to support the medical necessity for a neuropsychological evaluation.