Neuropsychological Assessment

Albury Wodonga Psychology Services can provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, treatment and reports. Our team are experienced in conducting assessments and providing detailed and well-informed reports for children, adolescents, adults and older persons.

Brain

Neuropsychological assessments assess clients with a broad range of issues including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Determining capacity for day to day decision making and finance
  • Stroke
  • Neurological and neurodegenerative disorders,
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory difficulties
  • Intellectual disability
  • Changes in functioning with a psychiatric illness,
  • Identification of strengths and weaknesses
  • Learning difficulties
  • Giftedness

What does a neuropsychologist do?

A neuropsychologist is concerned with how the brain influences a person’s everyday functioning, thinking, emotions, and behaviour as well as how these changes occur. This involves helping someone understand their strengths and weaknesses in terms of memory, learning, attention, language, problem solving, academic abilities and other aspects of behaviour and thinking abilities.

What does an assessment involve and what is the purpose?

A typical assessment takes place over two to three hours, depending on the type of assessment. The assessment involves history taking to gain an understanding of a person’s history and presenting difficulties, and completing tasks to assess a person’s abilities in different areas of thinking. The purpose of these assessments is to provide the following:

  • Help a patient and health professionals better understand the impact if an injury and recovery
  • Provide a baseline for future changes over time
  • Provide further information for differential diagnosis
  • Gain understanding of functional capacity to make lifestyle and financial decisions
  • Trajectory of development
  • Predict and enhance social, emotional and vocational outcomes
  • Better plan effective interventions
  • Help around those working with individuals by identifying activities that utilise preserved abilities and reinforce strategies that compensate for deficits.
  • Provide recommendations to compensate for difficulties and coping in day to day life, as well as maximise preserved abilities
  • Provide strategies for behaviour management and intervention
  • Provide referrals for suitable services

If you would like to know more about assessments please contact Leanne Mathews on 0409000972 or leanne.mathews@outlook.com. Health professionals are able to refer clients to services, otherwise individuals can self-refer.