A neuropsychological assessment includes both cognitive and psychological evaluation / testing. This type of assessment is recommended when a person has concerns regarding cognitive function (thinking abilities, such as attention, memory, and problem solving). This assessment is designed to determine not only diagnosis but also the root cause of cognitive concerns (e.g., issues related more to emotional/psychological factors or to neurological factors).
Psychological assessment is recommended when a person has concerns regarding mental health. This assessment focuses only on psychological / emotional / personality evaluation.
Assessments vary in length to complete, in part, because different people work at different paces on the various tests. On average, a neuropsychological assessment takes 6 – 8 hours. On average, a psychological assessment takes 3 – 5 hours. The assessment can be completed over more than one day.
Absolutely. A lunch break is always scheduled but additional breaks can be taken as often as needed and when requested.
Yes. It is important to bring any required aids or items that you find helpful, such as glasses, reading glasses, hearing aids, an Obus Form (for seating comfort), etc. Also ensure to bring a list of your current medications. Some people may choose to complete the Intake Questionnaire ahead of time and bring this to the assessment appointment. Finally, you may choose to bring lunch / snacks, or money to purchase food at nearby stores.
There is no way to study for this type of testing and no preparation for the testing is required. The tests are not like school exams. However, you can prepare by being well rested (good sleep the night before) and alert.
The actual tests can not be released. However, you will have access to the results and the report either directly during a follow-up feedback session or through requesting a copy of your report.