What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
Individuals can self-refer or be referred by a doctor or other healthcare provider for a neuropsychological evaluation. Neuropsychological evaluations are completed when there are questions/concerns about memory, learning, attention, or other cognitive function.
Neuropsychological evaluations are recommended in a variety of circumstances including:
- Concerns about cognitive functioning if there has been a history of injury or illness, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, seizure disorder, or brain tumor.
- Concerns about cognitive functioning (often, the concerns are about memory) in an adult where they may be concerns about dementia (i.e., Alzheimerâ€™s).
- Determination if there is a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a child, adolescent, or adult. I see individuals for ADHD assessment beginning in childhood and throughout the lifespan.
- Determination if there is a Learning Disability (reading, writing, and/or mathematics) in a child, adolescent or adult. As with ADHD evaluations, I see individuals for learning disability assessment beginning in childhood throughout the lifespan.
What can I expect if I am referred for a neuropsychological evaluation or if I refer myself for a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation consists of three appointments:
- The first appointment is a 1-hour intake interview. I will gather information from you about your concerns and learn more about your background (educational history, job history, medical history, etc.).
- The second appointment is a 2-3 hour appointment where we complete cognitive testing. Cognitive testing includes testing an individualâ€™s memory, attention, processing speed, language, and academic abilities using standardized tests. The measures are both paper and pencil and computerized.
- The third appointment is the feedback session. This session is dedicated to talking about the results of the testing and what they actually mean. We will also discuss recommendations and â€œnext steps.â€ A comprehensive report is written by Dr. Lumpkin and can be sent to a referring/treating provider and a report is provided to you for your own records.
What is cognitive functioning?
The term â€œcognitiveâ€ or â€œcognitionâ€ refers to memory, attention, processing speed, reasoning, language, and academic skills, etc. Cognitive functioning is basically how someone thinks and reasons through information and new situations.