Neuropsychological assessment and interventions

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A neuropsychological assessment measures the extent and nature of any cognitive difficulties arising following a brain injury. These could include problems with memory, concentration, visual perception, problem-solving or the level of awareness someone has of such problems. 

A key part of the assessment is an examination of mood/emotional problems which can arise following acquired brain injury and cause difficulties in their own right. These can worsen cognitive difficulties. 

The neuropsychological assessment involves an interview with one of our healthcare professionals where you will discuss your background and current difficulties, followed by psychometric testing. Testing involves being asked to complete puzzle-like tasks or answer questions. People's performance upon these tests is then compared with what is average or typical for most people of the relevant age-range and with common patterns of performance associated with different types of injury. Neuropsychological tests are not designed to duplicate everyday tasks but can predict functioning in a variety of everyday situations. 

The assessment process is typically conducted over two-three sessions, with the opportunity to take breaks. Assessments may be conducted by a Clinical Neuropsychologist or by a Trainee Clinical Psychologist or Assistant Clinical Psychologist with supervision provided by a Clinical Neuropsychologist. 

It is often useful, as part of the assessment process, to speak with a client's partner or family members (with the client's permission). 

The results of a neuropsychological assessment can indicate whether it is likely that somebody has experienced a decrease in any aspect of their cognitive functioning and the extent and nature of that decrease. It can also be used to identify areas of relative cognitive strengths. The results of an assessment can be used to plan cognitive rehabilitation strategies and to advise regarding the resumption of activities following an acquired brain injury, such as returning to work or driving.

Neuropsychological interventions
As well as assessments, the service offers a range of support appropriate to a client's presenting problems. These include:
  • psychological therapy
  • information provision
  • training for healthcare staff
  • Understanding Acquired Brain Injury and Managing Memory Difficulties groups for clients and their family members.