Assessments of adults usually stem from a problem with one or more challenges with learning, attention, memory, executive functions, interpersonal relationships or work related matters. These assessments may involve examining all aspects of cognition and personality functions to understand the nature of a problem.
A quantitative electroencephalogram assessment (QEEG) examines brain activity in real time and the efficiency of brain information processing. A QEEG evaluation may provide important information about the functional status of the brain regarding attention and learning, as well as provide treatment options via neurotherapy. The normal flow of electrical activity is disrupted in numerous conditions including concussions, seizure disorders, toxic injury, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Frontal Temporal Dementia, Early Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer's, Attention Deficit Disorder, stroke, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Neurotherapy treats brain network disruptions by regularizing brain electrical activity. As brain network functioning is normalized, presenting symptoms move toward resolution.
Geriatric assessment should be considered when there is any question about a senior’s cognitive functioning. Problems usually stem from one or more of the following: memory, finances, confusion, lack of recognition, language, decision-making, or significant changes in personality functioning. Medical consultation is usually part of the assessment because of higher incidence of medical conditions due to aging and/or numerous medications that may affect cognition.
When a situation is before the Court, a forensic assessment may be beneficial in providing a comprehensive understanding of the individual charged in the context of the current offense. There may be mitigating cognitive, neurological, medical, psychological, historical or interpersonal factors involved. In such cases, clinical psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and/or risk assessment may illuminate relevant issues.
Children and adolescents can have learning difficulties and/or behavioral and emotional problems that make it challenging for them to be successful in the world. The goal of assessment is to get at the root of these problems so that they can be comprehensively understood and fully documented. This makes it possible to develop a plan of action or treatment to help get the individual back on course while still young. The family physician, teacher, or therapist is often involved.