Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological Testing

 
Understanding strengths and difficulties in the area of cognitive functioning
Neuropsychological testing can assist with:
 
  • Understanding of current intellectual ability
  • Comprehensive assessment and delineation of current strengths and identification of any cognitive difficulties
  • Assessment of academic potential and achievement (including identification of learning disorders or areas of educational support need) 
  • Helping to understand and explore the impact of mental health concerns on day to day cognitive functioning
  • Specific assessment of a particular area of reported complaint or difficulty (e.g. concentration, memory, higher order (executive) skills and so on)
 
 
 
 
Neuropsychological Services: FAQ
 
 
What is neuropsychology?
 
Neuropsychologists are psychologists who are interested in brain function and behaviour. The role of a neuropsychologist is to help identify your cognitive strengths, and whether there are any areas that are currently more difficult for you. 
 
What are cognitive skills? 
 
This is the term used to describe our thinking skills. This includes skills like concentration, memory, problem-solving etc. 
 
How can neuropsych help me? 
 
Taking part in a variety of activities helps to see what you are good at, and whether anything is currently more difficult for you. This helps the neuropsychologist (and other professionals you may be currently working with) to tailor a plan to help support you, focussing on what you do well and work around any difficulties. 
 
What does this involve? 
 
The session involves completing a variety of activities such as solving puzzles, answering questions, doing some paper and pencil activities, and possibly some computer-based tasks. Some things may seem relatively easy, while others might be more challenging. The important thing to remember is to try your best – it is not a test that you pass or fail. 
 
How long will it take? 
 
It can take up to 3 hours, but can be broken up into shorter times if needed. Just let Jenni know if you need a break. 
 
What do I need to bring?
 
If you need glasses for reading, please bring them along. It might be good to bring along a water bottle and some snacks if you think you might get hungry (e.g. if doing activities close to lunch time). 
 
Do I need to prepare for the appointment? 
 
These activities look at how your thinking skills are working at the moment. This is not something you need to study for or practice before the session. Continue your normal routine and if you have any medications, take them as you usually would. 
 
Who can come with me? 
 
Usually Jenni works with people on their own (so there aren’t too many distractions), but you are welcome to have a support person with you. 
 
Is this a regular thing?
 
Neuropsych is generally a once-off, not a regular ongoing appointment. 
 
What happens after the activities are finished?
 
After doing the activities, Jenni will call you to provide some feedback on the session once scoring is complete. If you opt to have a report as well, Jenni will customise a plan with strategies specifically for you.
 
Do I need a referral for neuropsychological assessment? 
 
No, you do not need a referral from another professional to access neuropsychological services. However if you have any recent letters from those involved in your care (such as Psychologists, Counsellors, GPs, Psychiatrists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists etc), this information is often helpful to bring along to your appointment.  
 
 
 
For more information on services and fees, please contact Dr Jenni Sangster: 
 
 
M: 0402 571 985
 



 
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