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Preparing for Your Neuropsychological Evaluation at Mary Free Bed

Please be on time for your neuropsychological evaluation
Delays of more than 15 minutes may make it difficult for the neuropsychologist to complete your evaluation that day. Your appointment will be forfeited if you are more than 30 minutes late.

What to bring (all participants) to your neuropsychological evaluation

  • Glasses or hearing aids, if used
  • Any other helpful devices
  • A complete and up-to-date list of all medications you, or your child, are currently taking

What to bring to your child's neuropsychological evaluation

  • Completed “child behavior checklist” (blue form, to be completed by parent)
  • Completed “teacher’s report form” (green form, to be completed by child’s teacher)

What NOT to bring to your neuropsychological evaluation

  • Cell phones
  • Pagers
  • Any recording devices

Mary Free Bed Parking
Parking in the hospital’s ramp is free, and there are designated spots for patients and visitors.

Lunch
Lunch is not provided. Please ask where to find the cafeteria, or you may bring your own lunch (a refrigerator is available). Parents are expected to supervise children during lunch.

Who should attend the neuropsych evaluation?
The neuropsychologist may find it helpful to talk to your spouse or adult children as part of the neuropsych evaluation process. This will only be done with your permission, and it is not a requirement for the evaluation to proceed.

For children under the age of 18, a custodial parent is required for signing forms, and for part of the interview. The parent, or an adult designee, should stay on the premises while the child is being evaluated.

About the neuropsychological evaluation
A neuropsychological evaluation does not involve shots or X-rays. Instead, it involves an interview and various tests with a psychologist who has special expertise in the relationship between the brain and various aspects of human behavior. These aspects may include your attention, memory, mood, and other mental functions that are important in your daily life. The tests may involve answering questions (sometimes with the aid of pictures), paper-and-pencil tasks, or the use of a computer screen.

Length of neuropsychological evaluation
Plan on the evaluation taking a full morning and most of the afternoon. A typical evaluation is at least 6 hours. The length may vary depending on the specific needs of you or your child.

During the neuropsychological evaluation
No one other than the patient and the psychologist will be allowed in the room. Exceptions may be made for very young children or very unusual circumstances, at the sole discretion of the psychologist.

Independent Medicolegal Evaluation (IME)
The majority of the neuropsychological evaluations at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are done at the request of physicians or other service providers. A much smaller proportion involves an IME. This type of assessment is typically done at the request of a lawyer, claims adjuster, or other person involved in a case where there is disagreement about the nature or cause of the problem. Under those conditions, the psychologist performing an IME has agreed to do an impartial, fair, and objective evaluation. In an IME, the psychologist will only do a one-time evaluation, and will not continue as your treating doctor. The psychologist will not be able to give direct feedback to you about your test results.

Neuropsychological evaluation results
The neuropsychologist will set up a time with you to go over the results. Typically, these are available within three working days.

Neuropsychological reports
A formal report is then sent to the person that referred you (most often your physician) within 10 working days. You may also request, in writing, that the report be sent to other persons (e.g., other doctors, school principal). The only circumstances in which the psychologist cannot give you information about the results is when the evaluation is done as part of an IME.

New Treatment
The psychologist won't be able to prescribe any medications – that is up to your own physician. The psychologist may recommend certain types of therapy, but those will most likely need to be approved first by your own doctor and/or your insurance company. Often, the evaluation can help your doctor, or other provider decide what kind of treatment is needed.

Canceling your neuropsychological appointment
If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, you need to do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you fail to show for your appointment, or do not give at least 24-hours notice on two consecutive occasions, the psychologist will not agree to reschedule.

Contacting the neuropsychological scheduling office
For any questions about directions, paperwork, or other matters, please feel free to contact the scheduling office directly during our open hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

PHONE
616.493.9784 or 800.668.6001, ext.4784.

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