To determine how the brain and nervous system functioning affect a patient, we conduct an extensive evaluation using neuropsychological testing. We may discover the presence of a disorder such as dementia in adults of all ages or mild cognitive impairment in children and adults. Our state-of-the-art evaluation guides the treatment plan that we recommend.
As a proactive or preventive measure, we also offer baseline cognitive assessments, even if you have no symptoms but want to track your cognitive function yearly for early signs of possible cognitive disease.
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations
Treatment starts with a thorough assessment in order to make the correct diagnosis and develop the most effective therapies. Because everyone learns in different ways, our evaluations help us choose the strategies and services personalized to each patient’s individual needs. A neuropsychological evaluation differs from other psychological evaluations in that it gauges the functioning of the patient’s central nervous system to help us discover the specific cognitive processes that may be impaired.
The core of neuropsychological evaluation is to measure areas such as intellectual ability, executive functioning (which includes attention, planning, organization, initiation, and self-monitoring), visual and auditory perception, language, memory, motor skills, social perception, and emotional functioning.
Child Neuropsychology Services
Our pediatric neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists with expertise in learning and behavior and a child’s brain structures and systems. Our pediatric neuropsychologists are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of learning and developmental disabilities. Starting with the initial assessment through the course of treatment, we work with our patients, families, and school personnel to help each child.
Following an initial neuropsychological evaluation, if we determine that a child has a complex combination of disorders, we have the resources to meet the child’s needs. We also offer specialized services and programs for children with ADHD or other learning disorders.
Adult Neuropsychology Services
The Neuropsychology Center provides special to care to adults with memory disorders and a range of diagnoses of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases may include dementia or psychiatric conditions such as depression and cognitive changes following an illness or surgery.
For all neuropsychological patients, we first perform a thorough neuropsychological evaluation. Next, we provide a detailed report for the patient and referring physicians. This report contains information about the patient’s functioning as well as recommendations related to treatments, referrals, and other follow-up care.
About Neuropsychological Testing
A neuropsychological evaluation includes an interview with the neuropsychologist and a comprehensive battery of standardized written tests. The interview and testing typically takes three to four hours and includes measures of intellectual functioning as well as assessment of mood, behavior, and stress levels.
Areas We Assess
Neuropsychological testing measures an adult patient’s strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
- Executive functioning
- Mood and personality
- Processing speed
- Visual spatial functioning
The testing offered by our Neuropsychology Center includes specialized clinical assessments of the following issues:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Baseline cognitive functioning
- Cognitive disorder in psychiatric conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Cognitive changes following a medical illness or surgery
- Cognitive changes due to substance abuse
- Competency and capacity
- Dementia assessments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia
- HIV-associated dementia complex
- Language disturbance
- Learning disability
- Memory evaluations related to mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or normal aging
- Traumatic brain injury
Test Results and Recommendations
Based on these tests, we have a thorough cognitive profile of the patient. We produce a written report that we share with the referring physician that includes:
- Cognitive profile
- Detailed recommendations
- Objective information about the patient’s functioning
- Specific issues that may be helped with therapeutic intervention
We may refer the patient to specialists for follow-up care. For example, some recommendations might include the following:
- Consultation with a psychopharmacologist to treat depression or other psychiatric disorders with medication
- Evaluation of the patient’s ability to drive due to cognitive and spatial difficulties
- Meeting with a social worker to determine the appropriate level of home care
We also offer information about clinical research trials related to memory, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease conducted at Mount Sinai’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
The Neuropsychological Center is a fee-for-service clinical program. We accept Medicare Part B, and we help with all other insurance claims.