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Neuropsychology Program

 
The brain and how it works in neurospychology
The brain and neuropsychology 
Our NeuropsychologyTeam

Our Approach to Care

Do you have trouble with your memory? Is it hard to concentrate? Do you have problems controlling your emotions? Do simple, everyday activities seem overwhelming? Emotional problems and neurocognitive difficulties – problems related to memory, thinking and attention – can be caused by both psychiatric disorders and a variety of physical conditions. Using a comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation, Gaylord’s specialists can determine the “root” of the problem and develop an individualized plan of treatment to help you move forward.

A Neuropsychological Evaluation is simply a series of tests – some simple, some more complex – that help our specialists determine which forms of treatment will be most successful in helping you overcome your neurocognitive difficulties. We provide a supportive, caring environment throughout the testing process. We encourage all our patients to do their best, so that we can obtain the most accurate assessment possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of conditions can lead to neurocognitive difficulties?
Problems related to memory, thinking and attention can result from both psychiatric disorders and a variety of physical conditions including:

  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Degenerative Diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome and other Genetic and Neurological Disorders
  • Strokes
  • Brain Tumors
  • Concussions (for more concussion information see Gaylord Center for Concussion Care)
  • Memory, Concentration and/or Behavior Problems
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
  

The Neuropsychological Evaluation provides the basis for a diagnosis and plan of treatment. The Evaluation uses a set of standardized tests and procedures to systematically develop a comprehensive assessment of a number of cognitive and behavioral functions including:

  • Intelligence
  • Problem Solving and Conceptualization
  • Planning and Organization
  • Attention, Memory and Learning
  • Language
  • Academic Skills
  • Perceptual and Motor Abilities
  • Emotions, Behavior and Personality
Why would someone be referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

If problems with memory or an inability to think clearly have become a continuing problem for you, you may be a candidate for a Neuropsychological Evaluation. You, or your loved ones, may have noticed a change in concentration, organization, reasoning, memory, language skill, perception, coordination, or even changes in personality. These changes may be the result of a number of medical, neurological, psychological or genetic causes. A Neuropsychological Evaluation can help determine the reasons for changes in your behavior and establish the basis for an appropriate course of treatment. If you think you may be a candidate for a Neuropsychological Evaluation, the first step is to talk with your physician to obtain a referral.

How are test scores used to understand a specific situation?

Gaylord’s Neuropsychologists use a large body of existing data on how individuals of a similar age and educational background have scored on the tests used in the evaluation. By comparing your scores to this data, it’s possible to determine whether you fall within the “normal” range of functioning. The pattern of your test scores is also reviewed to determine changes in certain abilities and to identify your individual strengths and weaknesses.

What should I expect?

A Neuropsychological Evaluation is a combination of interviews and testing. The interviews are designed to give our neuropsychologists information about you that will be helpful in forming a diagnosis. For example, you’ll be asked about your symptoms, medical history, medications and other important factors.

Testing may include paper-and-pencil tests, computerized tests, or simply answering questions. The number and variety of tests required, as well as the time needed to complete them, will depend on the condition being assessed. Some tests may be easy, while others are more complex. Most patients find that the tests are interesting and even enjoyable. If you use glasses or a hearing aid, they should be worn when you take the tests. It’s important that you do your best, because the information gathered will play a key role in formulating your plan of care.

Does healthcare insurance pay for the neuropsychological evaluation?

  • We accept many insurance plans and are listed as a preferred provider for many health insurance carriers. Once we receive the referral form, our administrative assistant will contact the insurance company to verify benefits and obtain authorization for the evaluation. 
  • Depending on the referral question and medical history, the patient’s medical insurance may provide partial or full coverage of the Neuropsychological Evaluation.
  • We also accept fee-for-service payment (cash, check, or credit card payment accepted), for those who do not wish to use their insurance policy or when insurance will not pay for the evaluation. 
  • Should the fee-for-service approach be chosen, half of the total payment will be expected at the time of the patient’s visit. We accept cash, checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover). 

What is the cost for these services if the patient chooses to pay for a neuropsychological evaluation without using his/her insurance?

The cost of a Neuropsychological Evaluation depends upon the presenting concerns and the requirements of the evaluation. The base charge for a Neuropsychological Evaluation is $1,500, but may be up to $2,500 for more complex referral questions. Please contact our Administrative Assistant, at (203) 741-3413, with specific questions about billing and cost. 

Information

Neuropsychological Evaluation Appointments: By Physician Referral

Administrative Assistant: (203) 741-3413, M-F 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Neuropsychology Evaluations brochure

Locations

Gaylord Hospital Gaylord Wellness Center Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Guilford
Gaylord Hospital

Gaylord Farm Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-2800

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8 Devine Street

North Haven, CT 06473

203-230-9226 / 203-284-2818 Sleep Medicine


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