Neuropsychology testing is the most reliable way to test cognitive function.
Neuropsychology testing identifies and measures problems of thought, memory and cognitive performance. Adults, children and the elderly may require this form of assessment.
Doctors, including GPs, specialists, psychiatrists and paediatricians request Neuropsychology assessments as a way of determining if changes of thinking and behaviour are due to a brain disorder or injury. Concussion is a common cause for temporary cognitive change, including temporary memory loss, poor concentration and headaches. We use these assessments to predict and improve the social, educational and vocational performance in people with cognitive problems.
What Neuropsychologists can do.
Our neuropsychologists assess, diagnose and provide a management plan for patients with concussion, memory loss, dementia. Assessments are very important in the management of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease dementia, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, traumatic brain injury and mild cognitive impairment.
Our Neuropsychologists also offer assessments for testamentary capacity.
Call 03 9500 8366 to make an appointment at St Kilda Rd, Box Hill or Fitzroy.
The neuropsychological assessment
Neuropsychology tests are clinical interviews using a range of individually administered tests in a quite room. They can range from brief consultations to detailed comprehensive evaluations involving several hours of face-to-face contact. The results of these assessments help us develop individual treatment plans and recommendations.
The Australian Psychological Society defines these assessments as:
…..a detailed profile of the patient’s strengths and weaknesses, and is recognised as a sensitive tool for the diagnosis of cognitive impairment, particularly in cases where changes are subtle and not evident on screening assessments or neuroimaging.
Neuropsychology testing helps with diagnosis and treatment planning for people experiencing difficulties with memory, attention, language or other aspects of cognition or behaviour.
Because neuropsychological conditions can worsen or improve with time and treatment, neuropsychological assessment is valued as providing a baseline for future comparison of changes over time.
Treatments address the needs of individuals and take into account psychological background and personality. Our treatments use a holistic framework. Neuropsychologists will address cognitive, emotional, motivational and non-cognitive functions integrating learning theory and cognitive psychologyy. Neuropsychological treatments can range from a few short sessions to multiple, extended sessions.