Neuropsychological Tests

Neuropsychological testing (also known as neuropsychometric testing) assesses a variety of brain functions including:

  • memory,
  • reading,
  • comprehension,
  • judgment,
  • motor abilities,
  • spatial perception and
  • ability to process and interpret information.

The tests quantitatively measure these functions to demonstrate possible abnormalities of the brain. This may help to identify the type of epilepsy an individual has and locate the origin of the patient’s seizures.

Individuals with epilepsy occasionally report difficulties with memory, concentration or other cognitive areas. Neuropsychological tests assess these abilities and provide information about a person’s strengths and weaknesses. This offers doctors some insight into the cause and severity of seizures. They may also aid in the patient’s evaluation for surgical treatment.

Before the Exam

  • Prepare a snack for your child to bring to the test as the procedures are lengthy.
  • If your child wear eye glasses or hearing aids, please ensure s/he wears them on the day of the test.

During the Exam

  • The neuropsychologist will ask your child to do the following tasks one at a time:
    • answer questions
    • solve puzzles
    • work with objects
    • remember words and sounds
  • The tests usually last three to four hours for a child but may take longer.

After the Exam

  • A neuropsychologist will interpret the results of the test and send the report to your child’s physician.
  • The physician will then make an appointment with you to discuss the results.

Personnel

  • Neuropscyhologists
    • administer the test and interprets the results
  • Psychology Assistants
    • assist the neuropsychologist (HSC)
  • Doctors
    • receive reports from neuropsychologists
    • discuss the results with the patient

Payment

This test is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

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