We specialize in Neuropsychological Assessment (ages 17-90) with expertise in:
- Brain injury and Concussion
- Catastrophic Impairment Assessment
- Long-term Disability (LTD)
We specialize in Psychological Assessment (ages 17 and up) with expertise in:
- Depression, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Chronic Pain
- Psychological difficulties due to accident
We can also arrange for Neuropsychological Assessments for children and adolescents (ages 4 and up) upon request.
We conduct assessments at several locations in and around the GTA. For more information about our services, call us at 416-837-7041 or contact us by fax, email, or mail.
The purpose of a Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessment
Neuropsychological assessment is used to evaluate an individual’s level of cognitive (mental) functioning in areas such as intelligence, attention and concentration, memory, language, visuospatial ability, reasoning, and executive functions. Psychological functioning is also assessed as a part of the process.
Neuropsychological assessment can help identify the cause or causes of cognitive difficulties. It can also provide a profile of a client’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, a baseline against which changes in a client’s cognitive abilities may be measured, and can help explain the relationship between a client’s cognitive difficulties and his or her everyday functioning.
Psychological assessment focuses on emotional, personality, and social functioning. It can diagnose psychological disorders, and help explain an individual’s behavioural or functional difficulties in daily life. Recommendations for treatment are provided based on the findings.
What happens during the Assessment
At the outset of the assessment, the client is interviewed about the nature of his or her concerns. In some cases it may also be necessary to speak with family members or friends, although we will only do so with a client’s explicit consent.
Following the interview, the client performs a number of tests to evaluate his or her cognitive and/or psychological functioning. The testing portion of a neuropsychological assessment usually lasts several hours, although the specific length may vary depending on the purpose of the assessment and the complexity of the referral question.
Psychological assessments also include tests, albeit fewer in number, and so the overall assessment duration is usually shorter.
What happens after the Assessment
After the assessment has been completed, the client’s tests are scored, and the results are analyzed in the context of other available information about the client, including the client’s self-report, observable behaviour, and medical file.
Based on this information, the assessor writes up a detailed report of the findings and addresses the referral questions (e.g., diagnosis, prognosis, recommendations etc.). Feedback may be provided to the client, family, or to the original referral source (e.g., physician, law firm, or insurer), depending on the specific purpose of the assessment.
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