Here at S.W. Zimostrad, PhD, and Associates, we see a variety of adult patients with variety of presenting concerns including: traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative complications, memory deficits, stroke, and suspected Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Our neuropsychological assessments with adults are designed to help us, and you, gain a better understanding of current problems, functioning, and ability, so that informed care and treatment planning choices can be made.
Every case is different, and the tests used to assess your abilities and functioning will vary, depending on the history of the current problem(s), current symptoms, medical and family history, and academic, social, and vocational needs. Common areas of assessment include overall intellectual functioning, basic academic assessment, assessment of executive functioning, memory, processing speed, motor functioning, and social/emotional functioning. Testing is not typically stressful, and most people tolerate it well. Breaks and rest times can be incorporated as needed. Adult assessment does not require excessive movement or walking. You may be asked to respond to questions, solve verbal and visual puzzles, draw pictures, and remember information. Tasks are not designed to be stressful, but many are designed to challenge you.
The length of your assessment will vary, and depends largely on the pace at which you proceed through individual tasks. Some people proceed more quickly, and some people proceed more slowly. The most important thing is that you do your best. While individual times may vary, a typical assessment will start at 9:00am and end around 2:30 – 3:30pm. A one to one-and-a-half-hour lunch break typically occurs at 11:30am. Please note: We do not have a designated eating area/lunch room at our offices. If you require corrective lenses or hearing aids, please bring these personal care items with you to your testing appointment.