Before We Meet
What to expect - Neuropsychological Assessment
I meet with clients to explain the purpose and nature of the evaluation. We begin with a comprehensive history taking, and if available, review of important documents and previous reports, including academic reports, medical records, legal documents, and other information relevant to the purpose of the evaluation. A neuropsychological evaluation involves a wide variety of tasks, most of which are done sitting at a table. There are no invasive procedures, no pain, no needles, or electrodes. In fact, many of the procedures could even be described as fun if you like puzzles and "brain teasers." The entire evaluation often can take between 3 and 8 hours of face-to-face contact time with variation depending on what specific information is being sought. The evaluation can be scheduled in a single appointment though for more comprehensive evaluations a series of appointments may be necessary, especially if fatigue is a factor.
Once the assessment is complete, I will score and interpret your performance and write a report. This usually takes about two weeks, at which time we will schedule a feedback session where we will review your results and discuss recommendations. This will also serve as an opportunity for you to ask questions. You will be provided with a copy of your report and copies may be forwarded to your physician, attorney, or human resources department / office of student disabilities.
What differentiates me from many other neuropsychologists is that I can provide more than just a report; I can work with you to maximize recovery of cognitive functioning, develop strategies to return to school or work, and provide both support and guidance along the way as you return to optimal functioning.
On the Day of the Examination
I would encourage you to get a good night's sleep, have a good breakfast, and come dressed comfortably. Feel free to bring a beverage and a snack. We will likely be spending a good part of the day together and I want you to be as comfortable as the situation allows. We will also take regular breaks as needed and will take time for lunch.
In general, we will discuss the difficulties you are experiencing, spend some time reviewing your history, then complete a battery of tests. Your job throughout will be to simply do your best to allow for the most accurate evaluation of your current status and abilities.
Forms / Fees
The beginning of our first session will be spent reviewing important issues such as confidentiality, billing, the process, and more. Depending on the exam, copies of the forms will be sent to you in advance and will also available upon your arrival. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if you have not completed any of these forms in advance so that you can do so before our session begins. One important note: please do not sign the forms until we have had a chance to discuss them and make sure that you fully understand them.
Fees are due at the time of feedback session, unless other arrangements have previously been made. Please note that I do not take insurance but I am glad to provide your documentation as needed by your insurance company to assist you with being reimbursed. It is your responsibility to determine what services are covered and to what amount prior to scheduling our exam.