Neuropsychological Testing Explanations
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Neuropsychological Testing (Scope of Practice):
Forensic Evaluations Expert Witness Testimony Accommodations: We perform in depth neuropsychological testing and psychological evaluations for many different legal settings and situations. The type of evaluations varies and depends upon need, complexity of the case, or attorney and/or judge input.
Forensic evaluation cases include but are not limited to:
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Probate Law
- Civil Law
- Personal Injury
- Capacity Hearings
- Criminal Sentence Mitigation
- SSI/SSDI Applications/Appeals
- CA PC 1001.36 Mental Health Diversion
- Licensure Revocation
- Juvenile Dependency DFCS/CPS Evaluations
- Challenging School Districts
- University Accommodations
- Community College Accommodations
- Private School Accommodations
- Workplace Accommodations
- USMLE Accommodations
- MPRE Accommodations
- GED Accommodations
- EPPP Accommodations
- GRE Accommodations
- MCAT Accommodations
- LSAT Accommodations
- SAT Accommodations
- ACT Accommodations
- CA BAR Accommodations
- Medical Board Accommodations/Revocations
- Psychological Board Accommodations/Revocations
Neuropsychological Evaluations: Neuropsychological testing is similar to other evaluations and includes many measurements. We utilize 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 respective. Neuropsychological testing is used to find your current diagnosis and the severity of your deficits after an injury. Neuropsychological testing typically requires 5-12 hours of testing. The evaluation can typically be completed in 2-5 visits depending on the level 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 1-3 visits depending on the level functioning and the desired outcome [e.g., Regional Center, IEP, 504 Plan, Accommodations etc.]. Adult autism evaluations are different! Check out the step by step video here!
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 ones 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 2-3 visits depending on the level functioning.
Mental Health Testing/Mental Health Evaluations: Mental Health Testing/Mental Health Assessments: 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 base upon the needs of the patient. Mental Health Evaluations typically require 4-12 hours depending on the nature of the disorder. Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Behavior Disorders, Anxiety Disorder, Trauma Related Disorders are very complicated. They often have very overlapping presentations. Neuropsychological testing is the key to identifying effective treatments. **In some cases observation over time is required in this process
Depending on the severity or complexity of the case, reports take approximately between 7-30 days. The evaluation is completed when Dr. Chambers renders an opinion regardless of there is a report produced or not. An estimated timeline is provided to each person during the process.