Neurological Assessments for Adults

What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is a field of psychology that focuses on the relationship between behaviour and brain function. This is done with a battery of standardized tests and detailed interview. A neuropsychological assessment is the most thorough and objective method for assessing for cognitive deficits and/or academic difficulties. Cognitive functions assessed depend on the type of assessment, and can include general intellect, reading, language, attention, processing speed, visuospatial functioning, learning and memory, executive functions, and mood. Recommendations will be provided based on the findings.

Presenting Issues that need an assessment

Reasons for assessment

  • Differential diagnoses
  • Concerns about a person’s cognitive functioning that would warrant a comprehensive assessment
  • To establish baseline cognitive functioning
  • Track changes across time (e.g. neurological recovery)
  • Understanding of cognitive strengths and weaknesses to advise and plan targeted support

The Assessment Process

  • Interview with client
  • Interview with informant (if necessary)
  • Tests (3-6 hours, to be advised)
  • Preparation of report (2-4 weeks)
  • Feedback session

Further Reading (Dementia Singapore) (The Singapore National Stroke Association)