Many people experience a range of emotional, cognitive, behavioural, or learning difficulties that can significantly impact on their ability to reach their potential. In order to obtain a thorough understanding of an individuals’ unique set of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, emotional functioning and behaviour, a neuropsychological assessment is tailored to examine an individuals’ specific needs and concerns.
Neuropsychological assessments focus on understanding brain functioning and involve testing cognitive (i.e., thinking) skills. Assessments provide information about the pattern of a person’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to their specific cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, planning, problem solving etc.). This pattern is then examined to assist with obtaining a diagnosis and to provide recommendations in relation to treatment planning (e.g., to assist with rehabilitation, work, academic studies and general functioning in daily life).
A neuropsychological assessment is beneficial for children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of issues including:
- Reading difficulties, difficulty with mathematics, other learning difficulties
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Impulsivity and hyperactivity
- Possible intellectual impairment
- Memory difficulties
- Difficulties with organisation and planning
Neuropsychological assessments are also beneficial for individual experiencing cognitive concerns associated with the following conditions:
- Neurological disorders, e.g., Spina Bifida, Dementia, Huntington Disease, Parkinson’s Disease
- Developmental disorders, e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Brain injuries, e.g., Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Brain Tumours
- Exposure to toxins, or drug and alcohol use
- Psychiatric conditions: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety