Dr. Kathy Borchardt
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Neuropsychology Services

 What is a Neuropsychologist?


According to the National Academy of Neuropsychology, a clinical neuropsychologist is “a professional within the field of clinical psychology with special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships.  A neuropsychologist typically has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and additional training in the specialty field of clinical neuropsychology."  

 What is the purpose of a Neuropsychological Evaluation?


Unlike CT or MRI scans and EEG's which show abnormalities in the structure of the brain, neuropsychological assessment is used to show the ways in which a person can or cannot perform certain functions or tasks that are dependent upon brain activity. Impairment in many of these functions may exist because of brain abnormalities that cannot be detected on brain scans. Therefore, neuropsychological assessment is a procedure with a unique purpose:  it can be used to reveal or diagnose brain dysfunction when no structural brain abnormalities can be seen. Furthermore, when structural abnormalities have been found, neuropsychological assessment provides a way to determine what functions may be impaired because of the defects, and to determine the degree to which they may be impaired. (Taken from “What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation” from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2001.) 

Therefore, a neuropsychological evaluation can be used to:

  • identify brain dysfunction
  • define brain-related strengths and weaknesses
  • monitor progress after a brain injury
  • assist with academic, vocational, and rehabilitation planning
  • guide cognitive retraining and rehabilitation
These evaluations are also used to determine neurocognitive deficits in patients with medical conditions such as cerebrovascular conditions such as strokes or aneurisms, head injuries, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neurotoxic exposure, brain tumors, dementia, and encephalopathy.

 What is included in a  Neuropsychological Evaluation?


A neuropsychological evaluation typically includes the use of standardized tests that are sensitive to the effects of brain dysfunction.  Depending on the referral questions presented, the components of a neuropsychological evaluation can include tests which assess:

  • attention and concentration
  • memory and learning
  • processing ability and speed
  • intelligence
  • academic achievement (reading, writing, arithmetic, etc.)
  • executive function skills such as problem solving, organization, and planning
  • expressive and receptive language
  • visual-spatial and visual-motor abilities
  • behavioral, emotional, and social functioning 
  • personality
Neuropsychological evaluations also include family interviews, fields observations, and a review of medical records. Consultation with other medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists, and speech pathologists is common.

A typical evaluation consists of 4-8 hours of testing, interviews, consultations, and a feedback session. Test scoring and intensive data anaylsis are also billable hours.  The exact time involved in each evaluation is individualized and based on an examinee’s needs and the presenting areas of concern.

 Neuropsychological Services Offered:

  • Neuropsychological evaluations
  • Personality evaluations
  • Psychological and psychoeducational testing (includes IQ testing) 
  • ADHD evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Geriatric and dementia evaluations
  • Cognitive retraining and rehabilitation
  • Adjustment counseling for the patient and family
  • Cognitive deficit education for families
  • Parent education regarding ADHD, various learning disabilities, sensory integration disorders, and other developmental disorders.
In addition, as a consultant on medical rehabilitation units Dr. Borchardt assists with discharge planning,vocational rehabilitation and planning, and competency evaluations.

Please click or call 630-680-5494 to schedule an initial consultation.

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