Welcome to Neuropsychology Service PA
PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENTS & CONSULTATIONS SINCE 1997
WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGY?
A clinical neuropsychologist has expertise in assessing cognition and behavior as they relate to normal and abnormal brain functioning. This is done by testing memory, language, and other skills, and by obtaining information about behavior and daily functioning. The individual’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses is then used in diagnosis and treatment planning. Neuropsychological evaluations thus provide a comprehensive view of the individual’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning, in relation to underlying brain function.
WHEN IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION HELPFUL?
Evaluations may be requested by physicians, therapists, schools, lawyers, social workers, or family members. Some reasons for referral include:
- Acquired neurological conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, seizures, or multiple sclerosis
- Developmental or genetic disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida
- Medical or psychiatric conditions, such as heart attacks, cancer, or depression, with associated cognitive or functional decline
- Unexplained cognitive decline, or loss of ability to perform familiar activities
- Cognitive or behavioral issues for which a comprehensive evaluation and individualized recommendations are needed for educational, vocational, treatment, or transitional planning