Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive way of measuring all domains of thinking and cognition including attention, processing speed, language, memory, and reasoning. These tests help identify cognitive changes associated with concussion and other potential contributing factors. Neuropsychological testing takes place over one full day, or in some cases two half days. Testing results are compared to normative data, interpreted by a clinical neuropsychologist, and integrated into a comprehensive report that is reviewed with the patient.
The results of neuropsychological tests give neuropsychologists insight into brain-behavior relationships, which allows them to tailor recommendations to the patient and the treatment team. Recommendations sometimes include work and school accommodations, referrals to specific therapies such as specialized rehabilitation, support groups, or other behavioral health treatments, or in some cases, recommendations for Section 504 plans or IEPs. Neuropsychological test results are used by your clinician to develop a plan to return you to your daily cognitive activities in school, work, and life.