A neuropsychological evaluation typically begins with a comprehensive clinical interview. The information collected during the interview is used to develop a contextual understanding of an adult or child, their history, and their current cognitive, emotional, and functional strengths and weaknesses.
The clinical interview may incorporate the collateral report of parents, family, friends, and/or educators, as well as a review of available medical, academic, and/or legal records as needed. The clinical interview is followed by a comprehensive assessment of brain function using standardized tests.
Tests may include paper and pencil, manual/visual/auditory stimuli, as well as computer-based measures of various domains of cognitive functioning as deemed clinically appropriate to the referral question. Test results are then interpreted in the context of a person's clinical history and current functioning to inform clinically indicated diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
Various domains of functioning that may be assessed include: Intelligence, Academic skills, Attention and Executive Functioning, Memory and Learning, Problem Solving, Language, Perceptual and Motor Abilities, as well as Emotional/Behavioral Functioning and Personality.