Assessment and Evaluation
Patients with suspected brain injury or neurological disease can be evaluated in depth across a broad range of adaptive behaviors (cortical functions). Neuropsychological testing and other psychometric techniques are used to assess patients of all ages. Both cognitive/ cortical functions and emotional factors are evaluated. This thorough description of behavioral capabilities dependent on brain function allows the patients, family, and referring clinician to understand the nature and extent of disability.
Plans for rehabilitation, adaptation, treatment, and prognosis can be based upon this assessment. Baseline and subsequent assessments over time plot the patient's recovery process and provide a basis for future comparisons. Following assessment, detailed interpretative sessions to convey results and recommendations are offered to the patient and family.
Rehabilitation Planning and Triage
Patients and their families are helped to come to terms with the confusing implications brain injury or disease may have for personal, family, educational, and vocational functioning. A family member's dysfunction affects the complex interplay of family roles.
The staff works closely with referring clinicians and prefers to work through already established patient-professional relations for treatment and rehabilitation when possible. A thorough knowledge of, and close relationship with, medical-psychological, educational, social, and rehabilitative services in other departments of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the greater Tidewater and Hampton Roads Community allows effective triage to treatment and rehabilitation not provided by the Center. This referral and follow-through service (whether to appropriate professional or support groups) is a crucial part of rehabilitation.
The Neuropsychology Program welcomes referrals from neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, family physicians, pediatricians, teachers, therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals, as well as direct contact from patients and their families. Call 446-8400 to talk to a staff member and/or make an appointment.
The staff prefers to work through pre-established patient-professional relationships so that assessment information is shared with the referring professional who then makes any further disposition decisions and retains primary case management authority.