Although much of the way our minds work is unknown and hard to measure objectively, it is now very well established that a neuropsychological assessment can prove tremendously useful in evaluating an individual’s key cognitive (i.e. thinking) skills.
The assessment will measure a variety of skills to build up a comprehensive picture, including memory, concentration, executive functioning (planning, reasoning), general intelligence, processing speeds, verbal comprehension and perceptual skills.
The assessment procedure will usually involve a clinical interview and the administration of tests that will explore specific areas of cognitive functioning.
The end result of the assessment will be a profile of an individual’s areas of cognitive difficulties and strengths. This will take the form of a detailed report which will include the interpretation of the results, recommendations for further treatment, and if appropriate a rehabilitation plan. Such a report can clearly be very useful, particularly when there are concerns that there may be difficulties in cognitive functioning.
These are some of the conditions and situations where neuropsychological assessments have proved to be highly effective:
- Acquired Head Injury
- Neurodegenerative Disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning Difficulties
- Substance Misuse
Based on the findings, our psychologists can if required provide psychological therapy and support for any adjustment difficulties following the neuropsychological assessment.
Your complete confidentiality will of course be respected at all times.
All Vivamus Psychologists are registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and hold a practising certificate through the British Psychological Society and are bound by the society’s code of conduct and ethical principles.
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