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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 has the capacity to diagnose a condition such as ADHD based on behavior, but it may lack the specificity to understand what underlying cognitive processes are contributing to the symptoms and therefore cannot always give as many customized recommendations for treatment.
Neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive processes. Neuropsychology integrates genetic, developmental, and environmental history that you provide 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 etiology and evolution of a disorder over the lifespan. With a comprehensive assessment of a person’s cognitive and personality functioning, we can make customized recommendations.
To understand cognitive strengths and weaknesses, neuropsychological testing typically evaluates:
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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.