A Neuropsychologist can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of brain related problems, such as memory disorders, attention deficits, dyslexia, impaired reasoning and the like. A neuropsychologist can also contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of emotional problems due to brain dysfunction.
Experts in clinical neuropsychology assess whether a head injury or other forms of serious injury have resulted in psychological deficits severe enough to support a civil court claim. In many cases, traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result following serious motor vehicle accidents (MVA). Legal damage claims might also be sought after physical assault, for instance, or injury through negligence.
For further information on the complex field of clinical neuropsychology, you can visit SACNA’s website: www.sacna.co.za.
Neuropsychological Assessment is a performance-based method to assess cognitive functioning. This method is used to examine the cognitive consequences of brain damage, brain disease, and severe mental illness.
Patients who will benefit from assessments are those who have experienced:
- Traumatic brain injury, e.g. in car accidents
- Memory difficulties
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain)
- Personality changes
- Assist with brain-related diagnoses
- Plan and manage patient care
- Identify treatment needs
- Attain baseline scores against which to compare later functioning