Rehabilitation Medicine - Neuropsychology Services
What is Neuropsychology?
- Neuropsychology looks at how the brain affects the way a person acts and thinks. A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with special training in how behavior and skills are related to different brain structures.
- In neuropsychology, brain function is evaluated by using standardized tests of memory and thinking skills.
- A very detailed assessment is done.
Why have I been referred?
Testing is usually suggested when you are having a problem with:
- School work
Neuropsychological evaluations are requested to help your doctors and other professionals understand how to best approach your symptoms.
What is testing like?
A neuropsychological evaluation involves using standardized testing to learn if a person is experiencing a problem in one of more areas of thinking skills. A neuropsychological evaluation involves pencil, paper and puzzle-like tasks while you are sitting at a table. A complete neuropsychological evaluation takes approximately 8-10 hours. Patients will meet with their neuropsychologist once a week for two or three hour blocks of time. To complete the evaluation, the patient will attend three to four testing sessions.
When should I consider an Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is appropriate for anyone of any age. Some of the conditions we treat are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Delay
- Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
- Brain Tumor
- Learning Disability
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Memory Decline
Patients are seen Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However, a neuropsychologist may be available to work with patients during evening hours.
How do I get referred?
- Get a referral from your physician
- You will then be evaluated by a physiatrist (a medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and a neuropsychologist
- A detailed medical history will be taken
Payment and scheduling
Most insurance plans offer coverage for neuropsychological assessment. Financial screeners are available to answer questions regarding coverage. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a neuropsychologist, please contact (718) 226-6362.
Irving R. Boody, Jr.
Medical Art Pavilion
242 Mason Avenue
(SIUH North Campus)
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