Neuropsychology is an exciting branch of brain science that studies how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological and cognitive (thinking) processes.
Pate’s use of neuropsychology in our brain injury rehabilitation has been ground-breaking. We believe it plays a critical role in rehabilitation.
After a brain injury, many essential operations like memory, critical thinking and judgment can be affected. Every brain injury is different. The specific areas of the brain involved can produce a range of symptoms that are unique to the individual.
Our goal is to understand how an individual’s specific injury affects their behavior and thinking, and apply this knowledge in their treatment plan. We begin with an initial neuropsychological assessment and observe the patient carefully after admission to confirm diagnoses.
Pate neuropsychologists also focus on the patient’s strengths, weaknesses, interests, profession, hobbies and personality to design a customized treatment plan that takes the real person into account.
All three of our locations—Dallas, Anna, and Fort Worth—have clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists staffed and on-site.
Understanding Neuropsychological Testing
This critical evaluation helps determine an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in brain functioning. This testing is usually an all-day process. Tests measure things like cognitive performance, left side and right side abilities, and results that indicate specific types of damage. Tests can also rule out function problems. Tests may assess memory, executive thinking, spatial, language and/or intelligence. These inform the patient’s treatment plan and provide a holistic baseline to measure rehab progress.
Neuropsychological testing also helps us make appropriate recommendations for real-life questions, such as:
- Is the patient able to drive?
- Can they live alone?
- Are they able to make financial decisions?
- Is mobility or coordination an issue?
- Does the patient have difficulty in communicating?
- Are they experiencing memory problems or having difficulty learning new things?
- Is the patient having difficulty with social skills?
Pate neuropsychologists ensure that every member of a patient’s treatment team understands the whole person—and monitors and adjusts the treatment plan for individual needs so that the person can thrive in the real world.
Our centers provide full time neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists who are experts in assessing, diagnosing and treating people with neuro-cognitive issues. Their global understanding of the brain and psychology, and individualized analysis of every person we treat is invaluable to the Pate program.