The Brain Clinic offers neuropsychological evaluations to test for a variety of conditions including learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), cognitive decline, traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and much more. Learn more about the evaluations by clicking on the links below.
Getting accommodations to gain extra time is not so easy— especially for the LSAT, MCAT and Bar Exams. Years ago, a neuropsychologist could simply write a letter and extra time would be approved. These days it is much more difficult. Accurate and extensive evaluations based on historical documentation and extensive testing regarding your learning disability are required for approval for extra time.
A variety of options are available for ADD/ADHD evaluations. Attention deficit disorder involves problems such as being distractible, forgetting things in day-to-day tasks, being disorganized, not completing projects, being late to appointments, etc. Those who are the hyperactive-impulsive types tend to interrupt people, fidget with their hands and feet, experience feelings of restlessness, and have trouble waiting in lines.
The Brain Clinic offers brief and full learning disability (LD) and dyslexia evaluations. A learning disability means that some learning function such as reading is significantly below the overall level of intelligence. A very common example is someone who reads very slowly but is at least average in intelligence.
Neuropsychological evaluations are used to determine the severity of medical disorders such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, early dementia and learning disorders for adults and children. They are used to compare the overall abilities to specific areas of functioning to see where any problems exist. Additionally, by comparing intelligence to achievement tests in reading, writing and math, one can determine if there is a learning disability in one or more of these areas. In order to get accommodations for a learning disability at school or for standardized tests (i.e. SAT), a full evaluation is necessary. It is beneficial to have testing done early in life in case accommodations are necessary for high-stakes tests such as GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT later in life.
Preparing assessments for legal situations is more demanding than for the usual clinical case, and it must be handled differently. In a sense, the evaluations for forensic evaluations are similar to extended time evaluations because these assessments are examined by officials of the legal system (forensic evaluations) and officials of the testing organizations (extended time evaluations) with the idea in mind that you must be able to prove that you have a disability. In addition, legal officials must consider whether the test taker is malingering, or putting forth their best effort during the testing sessions. Another aspect includes a thorough review of history and documentation.
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