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Neuropsychological Assessment

What is a neuropsychological assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment is an evaluation of your cognitive abilities (e.g., IQ, memory, language, attention, problem-solving, processing speed...) and behavioral/emotional functioning.


This assessment helps determine:

  • What your brain is good at and in what areas it needs support

  • How your brain learns and processes information best

  • How a psychological or neurological condition affects your thoughts, every day functions, and emotions

  • How you can improve those areas of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and/or academic difficulties

You will be given concrete recommendations for moving forward to improve your life at home, school, or anywhere else you might need it.

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Issues/concerns our evaluations address:​

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Accommodations

    • School​/work

    • Standardized tests (e.g., SAT, LSAT, MCAT...)

  • Behavioral issues

  • Dementia (we accept medicare)

  • Learning disorders (e.g., Dyslexia)

  • Head injury/concussion

  • Memory issues

  • Neurological conditions

  • Seizure disorders

  • Stroke

What areas of brain function do we evaluate?

The specific brain functions assessed in a neuropsychological evaluation will vary depending on the case and purpose of your evaluation. However, a typical evaluation may assess the following areas:

  • Academic functioning

  • Adaptive functioning

  • Attention

  • Critical thinking

  • Emotional functioning

  • Executive functioning

  • Language

  • Learning and memory

  • Intellectual functioning

  • Motor functioning

  • Problem solving & reasoning

  • Processing speed

  • Visual-spatial skills
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How does my brain work and in what ways does it learn best?

Dr. Halavi evaluates your brain functioning and provides you with answers to these questions.

We give you concrete recommendations for improving your quality of life at home, at school, or anywhere else you might need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can a neuropsychological assessment help me?

 

A neuropsychological assessment will help provide you with answers to your questions about how your brain works. You will learn about what cognitive areas you are good at and what areas you need support. You will receive concrete recommendations for moving forward. You will learn how your brain functions in its own unique way.

You will understand the degree of your symptoms and its progression. A neuropsychological assessment will help provide you with a deeper understanding of your cognitive concerns and how your brain works.

What can I expect from my assessment?

 

A neuropsychological assessment includes: (1) Clinical interview: The neuropsychologist will ask you questions about your present concerns, treatment goals, and background history. (2) Testing session(s): This session is very similar to a day at school. You will be given various paper-pencil tasks and hands-on activities to complete that assess your thinking skills. Tasks are non-invasive. There will be no shots. (3) Feedback session: The neuropsychologist will provide with your test results, diagnosis, individually-tailored treatment plan, and confidential neuropsychological assessment report.

What ages can be assessed?

 

Dr. Halavi works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Do I need a neuropsychological assessment?

 

Excellent question. There are many reasons one may seek a neuropsychological assessment. If you are experiencing issues with cognitive functioning (e.g., thinking skills, attention, memory, processing speed, problem-solving...), behavior, or everyday functioning, you may benefit from a neuropsychological assessment. If your grades are slipping at school no matter how hard you study or you are having trouble concentrating at work, you may benefit from an assessment.

Who is a Neuropsychologist? What type of training and education do they receive?

 

A Neuropsychologist is a doctorate-level Licensed Psychologist (PhD or PsyD) who has also completed a 2-year Neuropsychology Fellowship after receiving their doctorate. Neuropsychologists receive specialized training on the relationship between the physical brain and human behavior. With their advanced knowledge on brain-behavior relationships, they are experts on the provision and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments and the workings of the brain.