Neuropsychology Services at Alliance Rehabilitation

A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specializes in understanding the relationship between the physical brain and behaviour. A neuropsychological assessment may be helpful when a person is suspected or known to have suffered a brain injury altering their behaviour and cognition.

Neuropsychologists assess patients with a broad range of conditions including:

  • acquired brain injury,
  • dementia,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • stroke,
  • epilepsy,
  • alcohol and drug related brain injury,
  • encephalitis/meningitis,
  • learning disorders,
  • neurodevelopmental disorders,
  • psychiatric conditions,
  • intellectual disability and
  • giftedness

A neuropsychological assessment can assist with persons with medical conditions to determine the following:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Management Advice
  3. Rehabilitation Strategies and Cognitive Remediation
  4. Family or Carer Counselling and Education
  5. Monitoring Progress
  6. Legal Competency

What does a neuropsychologist do?

Neuropsychologists evaluate and treat people with various types of nervous system disorders. They work closely with doctors, including medical specialists such as neurologists and rehabilitation consultants.

Illnesses, injuries, and diseases of the brain and nervous system can affect the way a person feels, thinks, and behaves. Clues that a person may benefit from a neuropsychologist may be alerted when a person is demonstrating:

  • memory difficulties
  • mood disturbances
  • attention and concentration difficulties
  • learning difficulties
  • nervous system dysfunction

If other doctors have difficulties identifying the cause of a symptom, a neuropsychologist can help determine a diagnosis. If a diagnosis is already known, an assessment can still be helpful. During testing they will use a range of tests, to see how a person compares to similar populations.

A neuropsychologist can help determine what impairments you might have and how severe they are. The following are examples of conditions they evaluate and treat:

  • A stroke can affect behavior, thinking, memory, and other brain functions in obvious or subtle ways. They can perform an evaluation to help determine the degree of stroke impairment.
  • Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder, can cause several neurological problems. A neuropsychologist’s exam can provide a baseline to help them determine disease progression and decreased function.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can interfere with memory, personality, and cognitive abilities. A neuropsychologist can perform an exam to help them identify it in its early stage.
  • Traumatic brain injuries can cause a wide variety of symptoms. A neuropsychologist can help determine how an injury affects functions like their ability to return to driving.
  • A neuropsychologist can help determine which of the many types of learning disabilities someone has and develop a treatment plan.
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