How Does it Help?
Early diagnosis and intervention is key for the best outcomes. Test results can help with proper diagnosis and with differentiating among different conditions. For instance, testing can help differentiate between early signs of dementia or stroke or depression.
Neuropsychological evaluations can be sensitive to information about the brain that is not provided by other diagnostic testing procedures such as a CT scan or MRI. The procedures are sensitive to functions of specific brain areas important in day-to-day functioning.
Testing can also help with planning for assistance or needs in everyday life. For instance, test results can guide how to progress to the most independent level of functioning by maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses.
Sometimes testing is used to establish a “baseline” or to document a person’s abilities before there is any problem, so that later changes can be monitored carefully.
Results can help doctors with medication management and treatment planning. For instance, they can be used to document the functional effects of medical interventions such as introduction of medications, changes in medications or neurosurgical procedures.
Remediation efforts can focus on regaining lost skills and on learning ways to compensate for abilities that have been permanently changed because of an acquired injury, a degenerative process, or longstanding cognitive difficulties. Most individuals respond best to tailored programs tailored for their backgrounds and interests.