Areas evaluated include the following:

General cognitive functioning
Academic skills (including reading, writing, and mathematics)
Attention and concentration
Executive functions (i.e. planning, organization, problem solving)
Language skills
Visual and verbal memory
Visual-spatial organization
Motor coordination skills
Social skills and adaptive functioning
Emotional and behavioral functioning
 
 
  A neuropsychological evaluation is a multi-step process of information gathering that leads to a better understanding of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses.  Neuropsychological functioning is explored in terms of how the brain works to allow the individual to successfully complete everyday tasks.  
 
Clinical Interview

» With parents and/or client, lasting approximately one hour
» Nature of the presenting complaint or difficulty
» Relevant background information and history (i.e. academic, social, emotional)
» What methods have been used to improve the condition?
Neuropsychological Testing

» Standardized neuropsychological assessment measures that compare an individual’s performance to that of others of similar age and/or education level as well as to his or her performances in other areas.
» Measures are mostly paper and pencil type tests.
» 2 to 3 sessions lasting up to four hours each
» Attention and fatigue level often affect how long testing takes and also how many sessions are needed.
» Clients are given breaks from testing to facilitate their best performance. Parents or persons accompanying the client are welcome to stay in the waiting room or can return at a predetermined time. There are shops, restaurants, and the beach within walking distance or a short drive from the office.
Feedback Session

» With parents and/or clients (depending on age level)
» 1 hour appointment
» Test results interpreted and recommendations made
Written Report

» Sent to parents, adult clients, and authorized individuals.
» The report includes a comprehensive analysis of how background factors, test results, and current situation interact to explain underlying reasons for the client’s presenting problem. The report is viewed as one of the most useful pieces of the neuropsychological evaluation because it communicates the nature of the presenting problem in clear language to parents and professionals working with the client. It is then used as a tool for treatment planning and tracking progress.
Follow-Up

» Additional consultation with Dr. Waldman is welcome beyond the completion of the evaluation. Moreover, status updates on how clients are doing once recommended interventions are in place are greatly appreciated.
» A 1-year re-evaluation may also be recommended in order to measure progress and the need for additional recommendations.
 
 
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