We recognize our clients seek Neuropsychological testing for a variety of concerns, including: learning disabilities, brain injury, psychological trauma, autism spectrum disorders, and workplace or academic performance concerns.
Through psychological testing, clinicians and clients gain a lot of information about development, functioning, academic skills, and psychological coping skills. One of the many advantages of psychological testing is the ability to assess a current level of skill or development within one particular area. The results of psychological testing provide a road map for change, development, and treatment.
What is Neuropsychological Testing?
A psychological test is defined as “an objective and standardized measure of a sample of behavior” (Anastasi & Urbina, 1997). This means that psychological testing measures a particular behavior or skill and compares it to an average, or standard, measure of that behavior.
Psychological testing uses many different measurement types. Measures which assess cognitive functioning are designed specifically to evaluate current level of cognitive ability, while other tests such as personality inventories or symptom inventories may measure family dynamics, current stress levels, or psychiatric symptoms. Tests designed to measure academic functioning will assess specific academic skills, such as calculation, spelling, and problem solving. Lastly, measures which assess for learning disorders will evaluate skills such as attention, accuracy, and concentration. Testing can reveal both a client’s strengths and opportunities for improvement, and can present a clinical picture of how those strengths and limitations interact in daily life.
How Does it Work?
Individuals and families often seek neuropsychological testing to assess for a particular concern, such as anxiety, depression, learning disorders, or cognitive impairment due to a brain injury. In order to assess for these concerns, an individual may be asked to complete a variety of tasks. Such tasks include verbal assessments, written tests, computer based tasks, or visual tasks.
At INPS, licensed and highly trained professionals conduct psychological testing. Tests are administered in a calm, welcoming environment with regular breaks. Testing time ranges from one hour to six hours, and can be scheduled over multiple sessions.
What about Results?
Once our clients have completed all testing measures, they are invited to meet with Drs. Stevens or Coben to interpret the results. Following the appointment, clients receive a comprehensive report which includes treatment recommendations, suggested accommodations to improve academic, workplace, or lifestyle functioning, and a formal diagnosis.
As part of ongoing psychological treatment, the results from psychological testing are used to measure progress towards our clients’ treatment goals. Psychological testing provides a scientific, accurate means of measuring progress towards those goals. Through the use of routine psychological testing, the clinical staff at INPS ensure that our clients are receiving the most effective, personalized, and comprehensive psychological treatment possibe.