Neuropsychology is a special field of psychology focusing on brain disorders that affect memory, learning, attention, language, spatial skills, problem solving, and decision making. Neuropsychologists have advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of brain disorders. A brain scan can show the structure of the brain (i.e. what it looks like), but a neuropsychologist shows the function of the brain (i.e. how it works). Neuropsychologists are trained to understand the cognitive (i.e. thinking), emotional, and behavioural effects of a wide range of brain conditions. This may include stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and a vast range of other conditions.

Our neuropsychology service caters to adults, offering three broad types of service:

1. Assessment

To provide a diagnosis, or a better understanding of a client’s brain functioning.

2. Behaviour Support

To better understand the functions of challenging behaviours, and reduce the frequency and distress associated with behaviours of concern (such as verbal or physical aggression).

3. Cognitive Rehabilitation

Training in strategies such as memory, social skills, or anger management.

The following are example referral questions that can be answered by neuropsychology:

  • Does the person have a brain condition such as acquired brain injury, dementia, or intellectual disability?

  • What are their cognitive strengths and weaknesses?

  • Can the person manage their own finances and medical conditions, or do they need a Guardian or Administrator?

  • How can the client be best supported to return to work or study after a brain injury?

  • What types of support might the person need, and how can staff best communicate with the person?

  • What strategies can the person use to compensate for their memory or other cognitive difficulties?

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