Neuropsychology

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Neuropsychology is one of our top areas of expertise at Henry Ford Behavioral Health. Our comprehensive assessments focus on your ability to function at work, school or in normal routine activities required to live independently. Our neuropsychology team is trained to evaluate patients of any age.

Neuropsychology at Henry Ford: Conditions we treat

Our experts provide neuropsychological evaluation services for patients experiencing neurocognitive (related to memory, thinking and attention) and emotional difficulties that may result from a wide array of conditions affecting the brain. These conditions include:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis
  • Dementia and memory loss
  • Learning disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral disorders such as learning disabilities, attention disorders, Autism and Asperger's Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and other genetic and neurological disorders
  • Strokes and brain tumors
  • Sports concussions

We also provide forensic evaluations.

Neuropsychological evaluation: What to expect

A typical visit in Neuropsychology takes about 5-6 hours, but may be shorter or longer depending on the nature and complexity of your condition. The visit will include a clinical interview with a fully licensed neuropsychologist and several hours spent conducting a standard battery of tests.

The process involves pencil-and-paper and computerized tests, all administered in a one-on-one setting in a quiet room. These tests evaluate your:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Memory and learning
  • Motor and sensory skills
  • Visual perception
  • Receptive and expressive language abilities
  • Ability to organize and plan
  • Attention and concentration
  • Emotional and behavioral functioning

Following an evaluation, our team will prepare a comprehensive report of the tests performed and a summary of our findings. We share this information with your referring clinician and use it to develop a treatment plan. In some cases, we may share feedback directly with patients through a separate visit or over the telephone.

Why is a neuropsychological evaluation important?

Neuropsychological evaluations are useful for:

  • Decision making for medical treatment
  • Determining capacity for independent living
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) development
  • Educational accommodations
  • Needs for community services
  • Diagnosis

We can document a patient’s skills before and after a planned medical intervention (a change in current medications, surgical treatment or treatment for cancer).

We monitor progress over time from the onset of a developmental disability, injury, illness or treatment. After the evaluation, families may receive a description of the patient's strengths and weaknesses to facilitate understanding of appropriate expectations. We may also make suggestions for improving the patient's functioning and anticipating the patient's needs may be in the future.

Insurance coverage for neuropsychological evaluations

We accept most major health insurance plans. However, individual coverage for neuropsychological testing varies from plan to plan. Our scheduling coordinators verify patient insurance benefits before appointments and communicate any expected out-of-pocket expenses.

We see patients at several locations throughout the Detroit-metro area, including downtown Detroit, Clinton Township, Dearborn and West Bloomfield.

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