Adult Neuropsychological Assessment at our Montreal Clinic

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Testing to Understand Your Cognitive Health

Understanding why a person might be seeking a neuropsychological assessment as an adult involves recognizing a diverse array of cognitive and emotional challenges and changes that can occur in our lives.

The journey often begins with a recognition of symptoms such as memory lapses, changes in attention and focus, an inability to perform certain tasks, emotional shifts that impact your daily life, or even recent diagnoses in children and family members that have come to remind you of your own personal hardships. Upon recognizing such symptoms, you might seek advice from healthcare professionals (primary care physicians, neurologists, or psychiatrists) and, if a more in-depth understanding is recommended, you might then receive a referral to a neuropsychologist — a specialist trained in assessing cognitive and emotional functioning.

This referral marks a pivotal step towards uncovering the root causes of your observed symptoms and empowering you, your clinicians, and your support networks with valuable insights to improve your wellbeing.

What Is Neuropsychology and How Is It Different From Regular Therapy?

Neuropsychology represents a fascinating blend of psychology, neurology, and the everyday experiences that shape our lives. Neuropsychological clinics such as ours focus on understanding your brain and how your cognitive functions influence your day-to-day adaptability, behavior and effectiveness.

Neuropsychologists use a range of tests and assessments to identify cognitive disorders and provide recommendations for the treatment or management of conditions affecting brain function.

Why Have a Neuropsychological Assessment?

A neuropsychological exam is an invaluable tool for several reasons:
Neuropsychological assessments are powerful standardized procedures using tools that can capture specific strengths or impairments, and can lead to various diagnoses or identification of cognitive and emotional difficulties. Here are some common diagnoses that may result from neuropsychological testing, and how receiving these diagnoses can be beneficial:

Types of Assessments for Cognitive Difficulties and Diagnoses Evaluated in Adults

Unlocking the Spectrum of Cognitive and Emotional Challenges

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Neuropsychological assessments for ADHD delve into attentional processes, assessing sustained attention, selective attention, and attentional switching. Evaluations also explore executive functions, as difficulties in inhibitory control and working memory often accompany ADHD. These assessments guide diagnostic clarity and help tailor interventions to address attentional challenges at home or in the workplace.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Conditions like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities involve atypical cognitive development. Although these conditions are typically assessed and diagnosed in childhood, there are cases in which neuro-atypical individuals have lived their lives without a diagnosis until situations present in adulthood require an investigation. In such cases, neuropsychological assessments contribute to diagnostic clarification and intervention planning.

Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysorthographia, Dyscalculia

Learning disorders, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other related conditions, are characterized by persistent challenges in specific academic domains. Neuropsychological assessments play a crucial role in the evaluation of learning disorders by shedding light on the cognitive underpinnings of difficulties in acquiring and applying knowledge present in such conditions. More importantly, assessments also help inform targeted interventions to help you navigate the academic landscape with confidence and success.

Head traumas and injuries

Individuals who have experienced external head traumas (sports-related incident, car accident, or other) or internal brain injuries such as a stroke may undergo neuropsychological assessments to evaluate the impact these accidents had on their cognitive functions. This can include assessments of attention, memory, language, and executive functions, which will aid in rehabilitation planning and recovery strategies.

Neurological ane Neuropsychological Disorders (Tourette Syndrome, Epilepsy, Frontal Lobe Syndrome, etc.)

Neuropsychological assessments can help in understanding the cognitive and behavioral aspects associated with neurological disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome and other neurological and neuropsychological conditions. These assessments focus on memory, attention, executive functions, impulse control, personality changes, and behavioral regulation, and provide valuable information for treatment planning and support.

Memory Problems

Neuropsychological assessments play a crucial role in evaluating memory problems associated with various conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s), traumatic brain injury, or other cognitive disorders. Different types of memory (short-term, long-term, semantic and episodal memory, working memory) are assessed to identify specific deficits, confirm a diagnosis, inform a treatment plan or establish a baseline measure for future comparison.

Dementia and Neurodegenerative conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Huntington's, etc.

Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that progress over time at various rates for various individuals. In these conditions, neuropsychological assessments are used to assess changes in multiple cognitive functions, including difficulties with attention, executive functions, and memory. They assist in diagnisis, inform interventions and care planning, establish baseline measures and contribute to the comprehensive evaluation of the disease profression to guide management strategies and support.
In the journey of a neuropsychological assessment, you embark on a process that allows our neuropsychologist to uncover your unique cognitive profile. Through this meticulous exploration, your clinician aims to pinpoint a precise diagnosis by carefully ruling out all other possible factors influencing your challenges. This holistic approach offers a deep dive into your reality – your strengths, your surroundings, and your current situation.

For adults stepping into a neuropsychological assessment, the process unfolds throughout an entire day, from 9 AM to 4 PM. This intentional timeframe allows our neuropsychologist to observe the ebb and flow of your behaviour, attention, mood, social interactions, and cognitive or physical stamina across a typical day’s activities.

The entire journey to completing a neuropsychological assessment can be broken down into 5 steps, of which the assessment itself is the sum of Steps 2 and 3 occurring in the same day. Here is an overview of what to expect over the weeks of the process:

The Assessment Process

Why NeuroSolution?

Choosing NeuroSolution for your Neuropsychological Assessment means opting for unparalleled quality and comprehensive care.

At NeuroSolution, you benefit from a team of experienced neuropsychologists who are not only passionate about their work but are also equipped with the latest knowledge and cutting-edge techniques in the field. This ensures that you receive the most accurate diagnostic results and first-class service.

Moreover, NeuroSolution‘s team is available in both French and English which, coupled with a robust follow-up system, ensure seamless and inclusive care.

What sets NeuroSolution apart is its multidisciplinary approach; our clinic collaborates with a network of professionals across various specialties, offering a holistic care package. This includes services in psychology, social work, education, coaching and more, ensuring that every aspect of your needs is addressed. By choosing NeuroSolution, youre’ not just getting an assessment; you’re gaining access to a comprehensive support system tailored to foster your development

We’ve been trying to find a bilingual neuropsychologist for some time now to help our son, who’s in a French program. NeuroSolution was the bridge we were looking for.

Regions We Serve

Due to our commitment to provide exceptional care to everyone who walks through our doors, we are proud to serve a diverse group of patients from many areas within Montreal and its surrounding cities:

Montreal: Ahuntsic, Côte-des-Neiges, Mont-Royal, Outremont, Petite-Italie, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Rosemont, Ville-Marie, Westmount

Laval: Auteuil, Duvernay, Fabreville, Laval-des-rapides, Pont-Viau, Vimont

South Shore of Montreal: Brossard, Longueuil, Saint-Lambert

West-Island: Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Vaudreuil-Dorion

Regions We Serve