We provide in-depth evaluations of various brain functions including attention, impulse control, problem solving, memory, language, visual perception, sensory-motor skills, intelligence and emotions. Identifying the severity of symptoms and predicting changes when neurosurgery is being considered are important steps when diagnosing neurological disorders and helps us learn more about disease progress.
You might be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation for a variety of medical reasons.
For adults, this may include diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease or similar neurodegenerative conditions; predicting how brain surgery may impact thinking abilities; identifying and recommending treatments for the effects of chemotherapy; or diagnosis and treatment direction for patients with multiple sclerosis, concussions, and strokes.
For children, the neurological reasons may be the same as they are for adults, or an evaluation might be part of the process for identifying or better understanding more developmentally based disorders (such as autism spectrum disorders or childhood disintegrative disorder). Though we focus on neurologically based disorders, these evaluations may also be helpful for individuals with complex educational difficulties (though insurance typically does not cover evaluations for educationally based reasons).
Our pediatric neuropsychological services emphasize working with children who have cognitive disorders of all origins. Consultations are available through Pediatric Neurosurgery for children with epilepsy, spina bifida, genetic disorders, disorders of learning and attention, and other developmental disorders. Consultations are also available through Pediatric Hematology & Oncology for children with hematologic disorders, childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's disease, stem cell transplantation and other pediatric cancers.