What will happen after the evaluation?

After the evaluation, the clinical neuropsychologist will review all of the information obtained from the interview(s), questionnaires and testing.  It will be integrated into a comprehensive report.    Depending on the reason for the evaluation the report will provide a description of neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses, diagnostic impressions and recommendations for further evaluation and/or treatment.

The clinical neuropsychologist usually schedules a follow-up appointment with you to review the findings and recommendations.  At that time she will also address any concerns you may have.

Depending on the situation, this type of follow-up can also be provided over the telephone or through other forms of communication. With your permission, the report can be shared with the doctor (or other professional) who initiated the referral and other health care providers involved in your care.

When the referral is for legal or disability determination purposes the patient may not be provided with information about the results of the evaluation.  However, when this is the case it is discussed prior to the evaluation as part of the informed consent procedure.  

Adult Clinical Results

How Are Test Scores Used To Understand My Specific Situation?
Your test scores will be compared to scores from people who are like you in important ways. By using database scores from large groups of healthy people for comparison, the neuropsychologist can judge whether or not your scores are normal for your age and educational background. The pattern of your own test scores will also be reviewed to estimate whether or not there has been a change in certain abilities. How you go about solving the various problems and answering questions during the examination will also be noted. Using these methods, your strengths and weaknesses can be identified.

What Will the Results Tell Me?

  • Testing can identify weaknesses in specific areas. It is very sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that might not be obvious in other ways. When problems are very mild, testing may be the only way to detect them. 
  • Test results can also be used to help differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis. 
  • Sometimes testing is used to establish a “baseline,” or document a person’s skills before there is any problem. In this way, later changes can be measured very objectively.
  • Test results can be used to plan treatments that use strengths to compensate for weaknesses. The results help to identify what target problems to work on and which strategies to use. 
  • Studies have shown how scores on specific tests relate to everyday functional skills, such as managing money, driving, or readiness to return to work. Your results will help your doctors understand what problems you may have in everyday life. This will help guide planning for assistance or treatment.
Pediatric Results

What Will the Results Tell Me About My Child?

By comparing your child’s test scores to scores of children of similar ages, the neuropsychologist can create a profile of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The results help those involved in your child’s care in a number of ways.

  • Testing can explain why your child is having school problems. For example, a child may have difficulty reading because of an attention problem, a language disorder, an auditory processing problem, or a reading disability. The results identify what skills to work on, as well as which strategies to use to help your child.
  • Testing can help detect the effects of developmental, neurological, and medical problems, such as epilepsy, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, or a genetic disorder. Testing may be done to obtain a baseline against which to measure the outcome of treatment or the child’s development over time.
  • Different childhood disorders result in specific patterns of strengths and weaknesses. These profiles of abilities can help identify a child’s disorder and the brain areas that are involved. For example, testing can help differentiate between an attention deficit and depression or determine whether a language delay is due to a problem in producing speech, understanding or expressing language, social shyness, autism, or cognitive delay. 
  • Most importantly, testing provides a better under-standing of the child’s behavior and learning in school, at home, and in the community. The evaluation can guide teachers, therapists, and you to better help your child achieve his or her potential.
  • Session Information Analysis
  • Comprehensive Report
  • Follow-up Appointment