NEURO-COGNITIVE TESTING

Neuro-Cognitive Testing and Remediation: Neurocognitive testing, also known as neuropsychological testing, is a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's brain function, or  cognitive status, by specific neurologic domains, i.e., memory, attention, problem solving, language, visuospatial, processing speed motor, and emotion.  As the brain controls specific neurologic domains, cognitive skills are often affected by many different types of brain-related health conditions. Accordingly, it is important for physicians and other health care providers to carefully assess the patient's relationship among brain, thought, behavior and mood.

 

Neuro-Cognitive/neuropsychological testing helps to clarify this picture, especially in the context of one's daily living or development. Baseline evaluation with follow-up are useful in interpreting possible changes in one's functional condition. Neurocognitive or neuropsychological testing is also beneficial in tracking progress for patients undergoing remediation and/or to evaluate how effective  treatment is for them.  Neurocognitive or neuropsychological testing can help in planning educational and vocational programs as well.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation's Neuro-Cognitive/neuropsychological testing is administered by a licensed Psychologist.

 

Difficulties that might indicate the need for an evaluation include:

•    Memory loss

•    Difficulty communicating 

•    Attention and concentration problems

•    Difficulty planning and organizing

•    Changes in spatial skills or visual perception

•    Difficulty reading or writing

•    Disturbed thinking or confusion

•    Increased impulsivity 

•    Slowed thinking speed

Testing is mainly comprised of paper and pencil tasks and/or computerized tasks, done in a one-on-one setting. It is physically

non-invasive.

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer 

232 East 11th Street, Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN  37402     

www.hatcherfoundation.org  

phone: 423.243.3471    fax: 423-498-3581