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Neuropsychological Testing

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING EXPLAINED

Neuropsychological testing is similar to other evaluations and includes many measurements. Dr. Heafey utilizes intelligence tests, academic tests, learning and memory tests, effort tests, symptom validity tests, attention tests, speeded tests, motor based tests, visual/perceptual based tests, constructional tests, calculation tests, executive functioning tests, as well as computerized neuropsychological tests to measure brain function.

 

The purpose of this neuropsychological testing is to determine the level of functioning one has from a cognitive perspective. Neuropsychological testing is used to find your current diagnosis and the severity of your deficits after an injury. Neuropsychological testing typically requires 7-12 hours of testing. The evaluation can typically be completed in 2-4 visits depending on the level of functioning.

Child & Adult Autism Evaluations

Autism Spectrum evaluations are similar to learning disability evaluations. Many components of autism and neuropsychological testing are the same. The assessment of intelligence, a clinical interview, collateral resources, academic functioning, executive dysfunction, learning and memory, adaptive functioning, pragmatic/social language ability, mental health variables, and visual motor skills, are all usually included. An evaluation of autism behaviors now and in one’s history is also paramount. An Autism Evaluation typically requires 6-12 hours in person. This can typically be completed in 3-5 visits depending on the level functioning and the desired outcome (e.g., Regional Center, IEP, 504 Plan, accommodations etc.). Please contact Dr. Heafey at (650) 993-9321 to discuss the adult autism evaluation process.

 

ADHD Testing/ADHD Evaluations

Clinicians often use clinical judgment in diagnosing ADHD. However research suggests that an actuarial (statistical) measurement is far more accurate than clinical judgment. Neuropsychological testing that measures attention, effort, executive dysfunction is essential. Establishing  a longitudinal presence of ADHD in more than one setting and an in-depth clinical interview is also key. Ensuring that an ADHD pattern exits through neuropsychological testing, collateral interviews, checking for anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, and other disorders that may look like ADHD is also essential. An ADHD evaluation based on neuropsychological testing typically requires 5 hours in person and is usually completed in 1-2 sessions. **If additional concerns exist, additional testing may be necessary.

Learning Disability Testing/Learning Disability Evaluations

A learning disability assessment is a full battery of neuropsychological testing that measures one’s approach toward learning. It includes measuring one's intelligence, academic functioning, learning and memory ability, attentional abilities,  mental health variables, effort and test taking approaches, executive functioning, visual motor ability (If applicable), adaptive functioning (If applicable), neuropsychological functioning (if applicable). A Learning Disability Evaluation typically require 8-10 hours in person. This can typically be completed in 3-5 visits depending on the level functioning.

 

Mental Health Testing/Mental Health Evaluations

 

Mental Health Testing/Mental Health Assessments require an in-depth collaboration of interviews and psychometric tests that are targeted to assess one’s mental health functioning. This is a more nuanced approach and will be tailored based upon the needs of the patient. Mental Health Evaluations typically require 4-12 hours depending on the nature of the disorder. Neuropsychological testing is the key to identifying effective treatments. **In some cases observation over time is required. 

 

Depending on the severity or complexity of the case, reports take approximately between 15-45 days. The evaluation is completed when Dr. Heafey renders an opinion regardless of whether a report is produced or not. An estimated timeline is provided to each person during the process.

DR. HEAFEY IS AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT ASSESSMENTS AT YOUR HOME, OFFICE OR OFF-SITE LOCATIONS

 

CONVENIENT APPOINTMENT TIMES CAN BE SCHEDULED ON NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

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