Preparing for your Neuropsychological Evaluation

Building/Waiting Room Accommodations

  • Complete Neuropsychology Services is located in a non-smoking building
  • Our office is wheel-chair accessible
  • Ample free parking is available directly outside of our building.
  • Complimentary wireless internet (WiFi), tea/coffee, water is available to clients and their waiting family members. Ask us for the password to access the wireless internet.
  • Toys, books, and other play materials are available.
  • The Ann Arbor office is located on the lower level of the building. There is no elevator in the building. If you require a wheel-chair accessible entrance, please use the north entrance which leads directly into our office suite.

What to expect from your Neuropsychology evaluation appointment

The evaluation will take several hours (4-8) and will assess thinking skills, as well as emotional and behavioral functioning. You, and in some cases family members (e.g., child evaluations, dementia evaluations), will complete an in-depth interview during which time you will asked about your current concerns, specific symptoms or problems, family background, and medical history. During the testing session, you will be asked to solve puzzles, answer questions, and complete paper-and-pencil activities and computer tasks.

Preparing for a Child evaluation

A child evaluation typically lasts 4-8 hours and takes place over one or two days. At least one parent or guardian is required to be in clinic at all times while a child is being evaluated.

What information or documents should I bring to my child’s evaluation?

  • Completed parent and teacher forms which you received in the mail prior to your visit. Please give teacher forms to your child’s main/primary teacher to complete.
  • Medical and mental health records
  • School Records (IEP documents or 504 Plan, report cards, MEAP, other standardized test scores).
  • Therapy/intervention reports (Speech, Occupational, Physical, Psychological/Behavioral Health).

Preparing for the appointment/what to bring

  • Toddlers and preschoolers may be told they are going to meet a new doctor, complete some puzzles, and play some games. Reassure children that they will not receive any shots.
  • Older children and adolescents may be told they will spend their day working with a doctor and completing different types of activities. Activities may include puzzles, games, answering questions, filling out forms, and talking to the doctor who will typically ask about home, friends, school, and relationships. If your child asks, “Why do I have to do this?” you can explain that this evaluation helps to identify what they do best, along with those things that may be harder for them. By identifying their strengths and weaknesses, we can give them the support they need to succeed at school and feel better at home, at school, and with friends. Assure your child that there is no “passing or failing”, and let them know that many children find the tasks fun.
  • It is important your child is well-rested and able to do his/her best for the evaluation. If your child is not feeling well (e.g., vomiting, greenish nasal discharge, or fever) please reschedule your appointment. We can usually reschedule your appointment quickly.
  • Please make sure your child eats a good breakfast and is properly hydrated prior to the evaluation.
  • Please administer or bring any regularly scheduled medication the morning.
  • Bring a sweater/light jacket in the event your child gets cold.
  • If your child wears prescription glasses or hearing devices, please bring those to the appointment.
  • There will be a one-hour break for lunch. There are many dining options available within the immediate area, by car. Your child will also take 2-3 additional snack/drink breaks during the day. You may bring snacks/drinks from home or use the vending machines in the building.
  • We recommend you do not bring younger children (except young infants) with you to the appointment because you will be busy much of the time. If you must bring other children with you to the evaluation, please bring another adult to assist with child care.

Preparing for an Adult evaluation

An adult evaluation typically lasts 4-8 hours and in most cases can be completed in one day.

What information or documents should I bring to my evaluation?

  • Completed self and family-rating forms that you received in the mail prior to your visit.
  • Medical and mental health records, reports from specialty evaluations
  • list of current medications

Preparing for the appointment/what to bring

  • It is important that you are well-rested and able to do your best for the evaluation. If you are sick, please contact us to reschedule your appointment. We can usually reschedule your appointment quickly.
  • Please eat a good breakfast and make sure you are properly hydrated prior to the evaluation.
  • Please take or bring any regularly scheduled medication.
  • Please bring or wear prescription glasses and any prescribed hearing devices.
  • There will be a one-hour break for lunch. There are many dining options available within the immediate area, by car. You are able to take a break any time. You may bring snacks/drinks from home. NO NUTS, please!

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