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Appointments for evaluations generally consist of a 1-hour diagnostic interview followed by neuropsychological, psychological, or psychoeducational testing. The tests and amount of time needed will vary based on the reason for evaluation and referral question to be determine. Our staff will work with you and your referring provider to determine the referral question beforehand to ensure that your evaluation is targeted to what you need. You will know by the time of your appointment how long you an expect to be with us. If you are not sure, do not hesitate to call us, 239-768-7500.
These are not tests that one can study for, but there are several things that one can do to facilitate the evaluation. It is the goal of the neuropsychologist to get the best possible picture of the patient’s current functioning. Several things can interfere with this goal, for instance if the patient is:
Patients should let the examiner know if they anticipate that any of these issues are likely to interfere with the evaluation.
There are some things you can do to optimize your testing day:
There will be a confidential clinical interview with the patient and, when available, a collateral source such as a family member or close friend to understand the patient’s history; only person’s the adult patient (or patient’s guardian) allows in the interview can participate. The interview takes approximately an hour. At this time (or before the visit), medical records will be reviewed and integrated into your background information.
The patient then completes neuropsychological testing alone. This is a non-invasive process where the patient is to answer questions, work on paper and pencil tasks, complete computer tasks, or engage in tasks like games or puzzles pencil-and-paper tests. All tasks are completed while seated at a table; patients who need to move/stretch often will be accommodated. Many of these tests are simple yet others are more complex. Most people cannot do all tests perfectly. There is no passing or failing. Rather, it is a means to map the patient’s unique pattern of brain behaviors, such as concentration, learning and memory, and language skills. Many people find the tasks fun and interesting. The testing is performed by a neuropsychologist or a specialty trained psychometrician.
The total time of the evaluation depends on the referral question; the testing is usually completed in one visit and the time for the evaluation usually ranges from 3-7 hours. For specific Services, Visit our Services Page.
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