Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z - Neuropsychology

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Neuropsychology

Clinical neuropsychology is a sub-specialty of clinical psychology that specializes in diagnosing and treating TBI patients, among other things. In terms of TBI rehabilitation, the goal of the neuropsychologist is to understand how the brain injury affects the patient’s thoughts and behaviors.

Typical areas of assessment include:
  • memory
  • attention and concentration
  • decision-making
  • impulsivity
  • disorientation
  • language and communication abilities
The neuropsychologist communicates with the patient and their family to help them understand the nature of the injury, the recovery process and barriers to recovery. They also can help assess when or if a patient is capable of making important decisions on their own. The neuropsychologist will often suggest tips to help the patient and family cope, along with memory exercises to improve cognitive function.
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