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Overview

A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist who specializes in understanding brain-behavior relationships. They have an expertise in how thinking skills, emotions and behavior are related to brain structures and systems. In this context, they provide detailed recommendations to treatment providers, patients and the patient's family and/or care providers to help improve the care for and quality of life of the individual needing services. A clinical neuropsychologists' training includes evaluation and assessment of cognitive impairments, cognitive remediation, behavioral management and methods of psychotherapy and counseling related to assisting patients with coping and adjustment to their injuries. Clinical neuropsychologists also provide therapeutic services and treatments to patients/families in need of education and emotional support concerning their neurological injuries or illness.

Services Provided At These Hospitals & Locations

Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital

Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital provides inpatients and outpatients with a comprehensive array of Neuropsychological, Behavioral Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychology services across the lifespan by an expert staff. Our program is based within a large medical center, including a Level 1 Trauma Center, that offers a wide variety of services, as well as being integrated with the rehabilitation hospital, outpatient clinics, and community services. Our well qualified staff is able to provide care in English or Spanish to a diverse and complex population.

We are able to provide "seamless care", from acute through rehabilitation, and transitioning to outpatient services, as well as comprehensive outpatient services to individuals from the community who have not been on our inpatient units. Our neuropsychologists/psychologists help patients and their families to set personal goals at each stage of recovery/treatment. Our outpatient program serves individuals from age 3 through elder adults, English and Spanish speaking, with a variety of neurological conditions, continuing rehabilitation needs, and health/medical compliance concerns. In addition, pediatric services also include learning/school issues, psychological/behavioral problems, and much more.

Neuropsychological Evaluations

Evaluations are conducted to determine diagnoses and make recommendations for home, school, and community. Neuropsychological evaluations assist patients, family members and/or care providers, and treatment providers better understand the thinking skills, emotional functioning and behaviors of the individual undergoing the evaluation. The neuropsychological evaluation assists doctors and other professionals understand how the different areas and systems of the brain are working.

Through the use of standardized tests and procedures, a completed neuropsychological evaluation provides an in-depth understanding about the patient's thinking skills (e.g., attention, memory, language skills, visuo-perceptual skills, motor and sensory skills, intelligence quotient, higher-order executive functions - planning, organizing, problem solving), as well as behavioral functioning and emotional state. A very detailed assessment of abilities is completed, and the pattern of strengths and weakness is used to assist in diagnosis, treatment and recommendations to improve quality of life.

A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended whenever brain-based impairment/disturbance in thinking skills or behavior is suspected. Common patient populations include:

  • Brain injury as the result of an accident, stroke, anoxia or infection
  • Neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, brain tumors, hydrocephalus or cerebral palsy
  • Dementing conditions (e.g., Alzheimer's disease)
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Developmental Disorders (e.g. ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, etc)
  • Medical illness (e.g., cancer, genetic disorders, etc )
  • Effects of toxic chemicals or chronic substance abuse
  • Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease)
  • Forensic Cases

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: 305-585-1878

Neuropsychological Assessments & Testing

Neuropsychological assessments and/or testing will help doctors and patients understand the sequela of an injury/illness and determine the necessary steps in reaching an optimal outcome in recovery. Have you or your family member/child experienced any of these symptoms?

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Difficulty writing or reading
  • Attention or concentration problems
  • Difficulty organizing or planning
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Changes in spatial skills or vision
  • Disturbed thinking or confusion
  • Behavior difficulties that have not improved through conventional treatment

Test Results

Test results provided by a neuropsychologist can confirm or clarify a diagnosis. They can also:

  • Discuss practical implications of the patient's difficulties with thinking skills (e.g., return to work or school; living disposition; capability to operate a motor vehicle; determining decision-making capacity, etc.)
  • Provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational or other services.
  • Discuss the recovery process and possible outcomes resulting from various neurological conditions
  • Provide the information needed for educational planning, remediation, and accommodations a child will need, both at home and school.
  • Document changes in functioning since prior examinations, including effects of treatment.
  • Clarify what compensatory strategies would help optimize the patient's functionality (using the patient's strengths to compensate for weaknesses).
  • Result in referrals to other specialists, such as, neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, special education teachers/tutors, or vocational counselors

Cognitive Retraining

  • Health & Behavior Interventions
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Behavior Modification
  • Family/Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • School Re-entry/Transition
  • Vocational Reintegration
  • Behavioral Pain Management
  • Hypnosis
  • Free Parent Support Group
  • Free Family Support Group
Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital - More Hospital Info 1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
305-585-7112
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