A neuropsychological assessment is required when someone experiences memory, attention and/or other thinking problems. This type of evaluation includes various steps:
- questions about your difficulties, current life conditions, socio-cultural background, family history, medical history
- administration of neuropsychological tests which requires you to complete a number of pen and paper tasks, puzzles and questions, each one designed to look at different aspects of your brain’s abilities; some tasks might be easy and other difficult
- discussion of the assessment results and agreement on an eventual treatment plan or referral
The brain’s abilities that are mainly investigated are memory, attention, problem solving, language, reading, reasoning, processing speed, reading, visuo-spatial reasoning, motor coordination.
You will need around three or four appointments to complete the neuropsychological assessment, depending on the number of tests required.
People generally need to undertake a neuropsychological assessment to understand if they have a brain condition such as mild cognitive impairment, dementia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and so on.