At Neurosense, we offer a comprehensive neuropsychological assessments designed to provide key insights and individualized roadmaps to ensure meaningful progress and attainment of targeted goals. At the foundation, we analyze neurodevelopment and brain integrity. With that baseline, we then assess social, emotional and behavioral functioning. Most importantly, our in-depth evaluations and recommendations provide a thorough and actionable path that translates academic test results into real life solutions.
A good neuropsychological assessment simply takes time and care. In our office, we try and honor an individual’s test-taking style, pace, stamina, and comfort while spending enough time dedicated to uncovering strengths, testing limits, and knowing the person before us. We do not feel this is best accomplished in marathon sessions packed full of testing demands. We will usually block at least 10 hours for each client spread across different days as it works for each person. If more time than that is needed, we offer as much time is necessary without any additional fees, as our goal is accuracy and appreciation of the whole person. We remain aware of deadlines when we schedule so that information can be ready for specific purposes and requests.
Lastly, for many professionals who conduct testing, numbers and statistics are the name of the game. For us, tests and test scores are only a piece of a much larger puzzle. Our aim is to understand a whole person (their strengths, needs, passions, and drivers). Individuals operate in real time with real circumstances and real challenges and deserve hands-on and specific ideas that make sense rather than generic recommendations. It is with this in mind that we carefully construct recommendations, make sure to follow-through on their success, to oversee and guide plans coming to fruition, and remain in close touch following the completion of a neuropsychological evaluation. Truly, a feedback session about test results is not the end of the journey but just the beginning. It is the last mile that counts.
In this vein, we recognize that ongoing guidance and fine-tuning of plans are part of the process. We pride ourselves in staying connected; on following through with recommendations, planning, and prioritizing once an assessment is complete; and on tracking progress and offering support and resources throughout the years.
Psychoeducational Testing is usually designed to examine a student’s learning needs and cognitive functioning without additional information and understanding as to why there is a learning challenge and educational impact.
Psychological Testing may dig deeper into additional variables affecting an individual’s functioning but not all the areas covered in a neuropsychological evaluation. It is conducted by clinical psychologists who do not have the post-doctoral training and a deep understanding of the brain and brain functioning that neuropsychologists have.
In both psychoeducational and psychological evaluations, interpretation of test results is conducted from a more limited lens.
Neuropsychological Testing is the highest level of assessment available and does not “leave any stone unturned” as it pertains to uncovering underlying contributors and causes of problems (e.g., whether they are behavioral, emotional, learning, developmental, injury or disease related, etc.). Because of the comprehensive nature the tests, any conclusions and potential diagnoses are highly accurate. Recommendations that are formulated are based on a much deeper understanding of an individual with attention to important details and nuances allowing for the provision of a more holistic and 360-degree view of an individual’s challenges. We will observe students in their natural school and/or home settings when indicated.
In a nutshell, neuropsychological testing examines the integrity of brain functions and their impact on life. What this looks like is administration of a series of tasks or brain challenges such as answering questions, solving visual problems and puzzles, playing computer games with certain embedded demands, completing questionnaires, forming concepts, and interpreting pictures as examples. The purpose of the tasks is to gain information about any or all of the following core domains:
We explain the process to children, adolescents, and young adults as one of discovery directed at uncovering the best things about your brain and to better understand those areas where you may become more stuck. For kids, we frame our work together as that of “brain detectives.” We also help parents explain to their children why they are coming in and remove any stress associated with the idea of “testing”.
When testing is needed, the route of a neuropsychological evaluation will most comprehensively answer questions. Realistically, however, it is not always feasible for families with time and/or financial constraints. In these cases, the following is how we think about it:
Sometimes people have targeted questions such as simply wanting to know if an attentional or learning problem exists; might need some information about personality functioning; or need an IQ score for admission to a particular school. It is always possible to come up with a collaborative plan to offer the maximal level of guidance with specific tests selected and based on what the most pressing needs are.