Why Refer for Neuropsychological Evaluations and Consultations


Neuropsychological evaluations and consultations are designed to assist the referring individual, family, physician, school, community agency and at times attorney in providing for a prompt and detailed evaluative neuropsychological report. This neuropsychological report presents a profile of the neurocognitive and neurobehavioral strengths and deficiencies demonstrated by the individual; and further serves as a basis for individualized rehabilitative recommendations.

Having a complete and thorough picture of the individual?s neurocognitive and neurobehavioral abilities is the most comprehensive way to assess residual strengths and weaknesses following an acquired brain injury. It is from this point that planning can then be undertaken to help restore functional abilities for individuals, especially those having experienced a brain trauma.

Other individuals having developmental or learning disabilities may have been supported throughout their educational experience within primary, elementary and secondary school. However, when trying to transition to an environment of higher education or training, as well as identifying appropriate vocational areas for potential pursuit, the individual may sometimes feel that he or she is at a loss. This is where the neuropsychological evaluation is often times most beneficial in the further determination of the areas of needed support or accommodation.

Individuals requiring help in more than one area to overcome their cognitive, emotional, physical, educational or vocational concerns will be provided with needed services or referred to the appropriate resources. The type and extent of treatment involvement will depend upon the needs that the individual is presenting with.

When an individual, family or caregiver becomes aware of a decline in mental functioning which impacts the person?s memory, learning, attention or the ability to function independently at home or in the community, that individual should be seen for a neuropsychological evaluation. Individuals with a presumed neuropsychological disorder and associated problems, especially those with unusual diagnostic features and management concerns should be referred. Supportive counseling for family members is also available.<