For Prospective Patients

What to expect. Neuropsychological assessments typically involve 4-7 hours of testing. Thus, a patient should expect to spend a full day in the examination. (A lunch break and rest breaks are provided). Inpatients, geriatric patients, and the physically frail typically participate in abbreviated test batteries—usually around 4 hours. The testing is not physically demanding and primarily involves a question-and-answer or paper-and-pencil format. The examination covers all major cognitive domains including general intellectual functioning, learning and memory, language abilities, spatial skills, attention and concentration, problem solving and reasoning skills. Academic achievement, sensorimotor abilities, and personality/emotional functioning may also be incorporated into the evaluation depending on the reason for referral. All testing is individually administered.

How to Prepare for the Neuropsychological Examination. The patient should try to get a good night's sleep the night before the examination so as to be well rested and alert. If the patient wears eyeglasses to read, he/she should bring them to the evaluation. An hour break for lunch is provided unless an abbreviated battery is scheduled. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the office. However, those individuals who have difficulty walking/driving, or who become easily lost or disoriented may wish to bring a bag lunch or have a family member escort them to lunch. Typically, any medications the patient takes should be taken as usual on the day of the evaluation. If the patient is taking a sedating medication, he or she may wish to check with his/her prescribing physician or with Dr. Simkins-Bullock to see if that medication might affect the test results and could be safely skipped or delayed. HOWEVER, NEVER CHANGE YOUR MEDICATION SCHEDULE OR DECIDE TO SKIP A MEDICATION WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT FIRST WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN.