Traumatic Brain Injuries and Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing was performed on Jason at Toronto Rehab. From what we understand this is an assessment only done for those in the program that are planning on returning to work or school. As we mentioned in our posts on Brain FX, some of the results overlapped but it seemed to our uneducated perspective that they did cover different skills and situations at times.

Treatment type: Neuropsychological testing

How to find: Referrals from your doctor or specialist, and select Neuropsychology as the category you are searching

Price: in a hospital setting covered by OHIP, private often above $200.00 an hour as far as I can find

Credentials: Look for someone that is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with Clinical Neuropsychology as an area of practice

What is it? Neuropsychological assessment is a performance-based method to assess cognitive functioning. This method is used to examine the cognitive consequences of brain damage, brain disease, and severe mental illness.

Notes from our assessment:

This testing was done in two 1.5-2 hour sessions but can be implemented in a variety of time frames, I’ve heard of some people paying for 8 hours of testing to have data for lawsuits etc. Jason said most of the testing was intriguing and task/game based. He had to find patterns, remember words and lists, navigate games without knowing rules based only on the response from the neuropsychometrist who gives the testing.

After each appointment he was EXHAUSTED. To be fair, just hearing about the tasks he had to do made my brain tired so it certainly is not easy testing. The neuropsychologist met with me to go through symptoms and provided Jason and I questionnaires on his symptoms and self awareness and all of this information was combined with the testing data to give us a thorough report on Jason’s strengths and limitations post injury.

The testing is done in a quiet room, one on one, with no distractions. The neuropsychologist and neuropsychometrist made it very clear to us that these results are only indicative of how Jason is able to navigate these tasks to in this specific environment. If you pursue testing I think that is a really important piece to keep in mind, real life (especially most workplaces) is rarely uninterrupted or calm and those confounding factors can change how one is able to think in those environments. Nonetheless it is a thorough report and helpful to keep in his file and in our minds as Jason prepares to navigate the return to work.

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