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Neuropsych Evaluations

A neuropsychological evaluation includes much more than a battery of tests. Specialized training in neuroanatomy and brain-behavior relationships allows a neuropsychologist to review and interpret more than just "scores."

 

A neuropsychologist seeks to determine the specific neurocognitive and psychosocial strengths-weaknesses profile for each individual. Such a comprehensive review is most helpful in informing learning styles, treatment needs, and responses to services/interventions received.

Dr. Richie personally performs all phases of the evaluation. Personalized, qualitative review of the patient's presentation/performance by the neuropsychologist is vital to case conceptualization, resulting in the most comprehensive assessment of the concerns that prompted the need for evaluation.

What conditions can neuropsych testing diagnose?

 

Typical reasons for referral include:

  • learning differences (particularly dyslexia and dysgraphia)

  • executive dysfunction/ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • developmental delays despite therapies (particularly for children with a history of fetal exposure to teratogens)

  • neurocognitive problems associated with neurological disorders (e.g., TBI, epilepsy, encephalitis, stroke)

 

What domains are reviewed during a neuropsych evaluation?

Dr. Richie's evaluations review the following domains as part of a comprehensive evaluation (tailored to each individual's needs):

  • Intellectual ability (comprehensive IQ measures including WISC-V and WAIS-IV)

  • Academic achievement (WIAT-4) for all domains plus fluency and Dyslexia Index when applicable

  • Language processing (expressive, receptive, written) and auditory comprehension

  • Fine motor dexterity/coordination and visuomotor integration (visuomotor construction and reproduction)

  • Visual-perceptual and visual-spatial skills

  • Memory – processes including encoding, consolidation/storage, retrieval (spontaneous & cued) for verbal and visual information

  • Attention regulation (focused, shifting, sustained) and executive functions like working memory, processing speed, organization/planning, problem-solving/reasoning, cognitive-behavioral flexibility/set shifting, impulse control/response inhibition, task persistence/sustained vigilance, active task monitoring, and initiation/modulation of activity for task completion

  • Psychosocial functioning – e.g., mood, anxiety, externalizing behavior, social interaction

Neuropsychological evaluation
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