The Three Stages of the Evaluation Process: A neuropsychological evaluation typically consists of three stages
- Intake/Clinical Interview: An initial intake/clinical interview will take place to gather important information regarding current symptoms and concerns as well as obtaining comprehensive information regarding the child's developmental, medical, behavioral, emotional, learning, and family histories. Consultation may also take place with any other treating professionals (e.g., neurologists, primary care physicians, and/or psychiatrists). During the intake, the examiner will discuss the evaluation process for your child and will let you know what additional information will be needed to complete testing. This intake/clinical interview is typically one-hour.
- Testing/Assessment: Testing involves paper-and-pencil and computerized tests. Many tasks are game-like/"brain-teasers" while others are question-answer tasks, problem solving tasks, learning and memory tasks, or academic-type tasks, for example. Testing usually ranges from 4-5 hours. One day is scheduled for the testing, but the test day may be split into two days depending on patient needs. Patients take breaks, as needed, throughout the test day and a 45-minute lunch break is provided mid-day.
- Information Conference/Feedback: Two to three weeks after the evaluation, feedback regarding the results of testing, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations will be comprehensively reviewed with the patient. A comprehensive report will also be provided within one-week of the feedback appointment, which describes, in much greater depth, the results and recommendations from the evaluation. This feedback is typically one hour.
- Some families may require additional follow-up and consultation for a more comprehensive understanding of their child or for ongoing monitoring and management. Children are encouraged to come in for a separate feedback session to hear a modified version of the results.
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