Perhaps you or a family member has suffered a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. Or maybe you are concerned about changes in your memory as you age. A neuropsychological assessment is useful to identify the cognitive consequences of brain injury, brain disease, or severe mental illness. Through formal testing, we examine many areas of cognitive functioning, including memory and learning, attention and concentration, perception, language, visual processing, and higher-level executive cognitive skills, specifically organization, planning and problem solving. We also examine learning and academic skills for those who are still in school or planning to return to school. Self-reports of functioning, as well as observations of performance during the testing itself, are also critically important pieces of information.
Brain illness and injury may also cause significant difficulties with behaviour and adjustment that impact on relationships and performance in school or workplace settings. So, in some cases, we include an evaluation of behaviour and emotional adjustment to better understand how someone is coping in the face of challenges and stresses.
With this information we build a personalized picture that illustrates not just the challenges, but also the strengths and aptitudes, to guide the treatments and interventions that are needed to promote recovery and maximize function. We share these findings, conclusions and recommendations in a feedback meeting and prepare a comprehensive report that directs treatment, rehabilitation and educational supports.