Neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between the brain and behavior, and a neuropsychologist evaluates cognitive and behavioral changes that occur due to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and concussion.
At Kaizen, our neuropsychologist assesses brain function based on a patient’s symptoms or reported concerns. Comprehensive assessment of cognitive skills provides a baseline that can be used to track changes over time and to create an individualized plan for maintaining and improving cognitive function. We evaluate patient/client performance in five fundamental cognitive areas.
- Memory – Loss of short- or long-term memory function can greatly impact an individual’s daily life, making it difficult to complete familiar tasks, solve problems, and keep track of time and place. Memory loss may also be associated with changes in mood and personality.
- Visiospatial cognition – Visiospatial cognition is the ability to visually process and navigate the relationships between objects in space. It is this cognitive function that allows us to catch a ball, drink a cup of tea, or park a car.
- Language – Difficulties with communication can have debilitating psychosocial effects, leading to frustration and isolation. Language perception, language production, and semantic association can all be impacted by stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Executive function – Executive function refers to an individual’s abilities to set goals, organize ideas and plans, and think flexibly. Deficits in executive function can interfere with self-regulation and decision-making, leading to considerable difficulties in managing day-to-day activities and professional, social, and family relationships.
- Attention – Traumatic Brain Injury and other cognitive disorders can lead to problems with focus, processing speed, and the ability to perform complex or simultaneous tasks. Individuals experiencing attentional changes can benefit from routine clinical testing to create and maintain an effective treatment plan.
All neuropsychological interviews and written tests are performed in the same way for all patients so that scores can be precisely compared among individuals of similar age, gender, ethnic background, and other demographic characteristics. These scores help us identify a patient’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and give insight into brain function. Our team of brain health experts uses the results of the evaluation to create an individualized plan for treatment or symptom management.