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Neuropsychological Testing in NYC.

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Neuropsychological evaluations look at how the brain, behavior, and emotions are connected, as well as how functioning can change because of a wide range of conditions.

 

At Williamsburg Therapy Group, we are proud to offer neuropsychological evaluations to Brooklyn residents and the broader area of New York City. Continue reading to learn more about Neuropsychological Testing in New York City.

What is neuropsychological testing?


A neuropsychological evaluation consists of observations, an interview with the patient, and neuropsychological testing. The testing portion includes answering questionnaires and performing tasks designed to assess cognitive skills.

This information is used to look at the person's strengths and weaknesses, which helps the neuropsychologist figure out how the person's brain works and how it is built.

The specific areas assessed during a neuropsychological evaluation are individualized and depend on the reason the patient was referred. This also includes any specific complaints and symptoms. The patient's specific problems help the neuropsychologist decide which parts of the patient's functioning to look at.

A neuropsychological evaluation can assess the physical reasons behind mental health concerns, including:

  • Intelligence
  • Attention
  • Executive functions (e.g., planning, organization, abstraction, and conceptualization),
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Visual perception
  • Sensory-motor functions
  • Motivation
  • Mood and emotion
  • Visual-spatial functioning
  • Personality styles

Because each patient is different, neuropsychological evaluations range in the amount of time they take to be completed but often last between two and five hours. The length of each evaluation depends on how complicated the problems are and how the patient is doing at the time of the evaluation (for example, if they are tired or confused).

In order to gather accurate information, the neuropsychologist works to maintain a calm, neutral environment. There, the patient can demonstrate their best achievable performance on the neuropsychological evaluation that is administered.

Different Types of Neurological Tests

A neuropsychological test typically seeks to explain any difficulties or issues an individual is experiencing in their life. Because issues and problems vary with each person, assessments will be tailored to the patient's situation.

Different types of neuropsychological assessments include:

  • Short screenings, which typically last under an hour, ask about mental health, orientation, simple memory, and attentional tasks.
  • Cognitive assessments last between three and four hours and contain numerous measurements of numerous significant cognitive domains.
  • Measures of IQ, cognitive abilities, educational performance, and personality could be included in another type of testing that could last anywhere from 6 to 10 hours.

Who should have a neuropsychological evaluation?


Our expert neuropsychological tests help patients understand and navigate the effects of conditions that include (but are not limited to):

  • Cognitive impairments, including those related to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions, dementia, Alzheimer's, and strokes
  • Educational and occupational difficulties, including differences in learning, work performance, and motor skills
  • Structural and other issues related to the brain, including brain cancer, spinal cord injury, encephalitis, Moyamoya
  • Nervous system disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and seizures
    Other medical conditions, including lupus, insomnia, and diabetes

What can be diagnosed with neurological testing?

Neurological test administration can be used to diagnose everything from traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairment to brain tumors. A few of the common metrics of neuropsychological testing include:

  • Hearing and Speech
  • Vision
  • Balance
  • Motor and Sensory Skills
  • Mood
  • Behavior
  • Cognitive Impairment

Benefits of Neuropsychological Evaluation


Neuropsychological testing can help clarify a diagnosis and evaluate the patient's strengths and weaknesses following neuropsychological testing. This aids in devising recommendations for resolving the patient's mental health issues.

These suggestions cover a wide range of strategies, including behavioral coping mechanisms, psychological support, and the best techniques for maintaining brain health.

Neuropsychologists can also assist the patient in learning and utilizing new coping mechanisms, such as behavioral techniques and healthy ways to manage chronic conditions.

As a mental health collective, the evaluation and recommendations can inform and increase the effectiveness of a patient's work with our psychologists or psychiatrists. From there, they can choose to pursue therapy or medication management.

How Much Does a Neuropsychological Test Cost?


A neuropsychological test can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the type of test, the doctor administering the test, and your location.

If your test is medically necessary, it may be covered by insurance. There are also reimbursement programs like Nirvana to help ease the financial burden of neuropsychological evaluation.

How To Get Neuropsychological Testing in NYC


If you are a patient looking for Neuropsychological Testing in NYC, don't hesitate to contact us. Please schedule an appointment at one of our Brooklyn offices today. You can also bring any relevant documents related to your condition, including medical, school, or occupational records so that she can better tailor the evaluation to meet your needs.

Please schedule an appointment with one of our experienced psychologists or psychiatrists. Meet the team and find a provider who’s right for you.




 

 

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