A neuropsychological evaluation is the examination of one's brain function and brain-behavior based relationships, which yields information about the structural and functional integrity of the brain.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your Assessment will likely include:
Dr. Crum will evaluate ages 4 - 89. If you share custody and you wish for your child to be evaluated, all legal parent's and/or guardian's are required to consent to testing prior to scheduling the testing sessions.
Pediatric neuropsychological evaluations help children and their families understand the functionality of behavior. In addition to a holistic approach and thorough diagnostic interview, Dr. Crum creates a personalized battery of assessments to address the family and child’s needs. Through establishing a supportive, safe, and encouraging environment, Dr. Crum examines the ins and outs of your child’s thinking patterns, emotions, and behaviors across multiple meetings. Dr. Crum comprehensively explains the results of the evaluation, while discussing individually tailored treatment recommendations that are applicable across settings (E.g., home, school, social, and interpersonal). These evaluations, as well as psychoeducational evaluations, include Dr. Crum advocating for your child’s potential IEP/504 services in school, given his experienced understanding of the legal rights your child has in the school district.
The brain controls everything we do from basic living skills (E.g., breathing & moving) to thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Often times, there is a neurological explanation to one’s presenting concerns. Integrating qualitative and quantitative data, neuropsychological evaluations are used to identify strengths and areas of challenge unique to patients, while taking into consideration developmental, cultural, and psychosocial variables. Common referrals include attention/concentration problems, dementia, memory decline, traumatic brain injuries, pre-surgical/intervention evaluations to determine baseline cognitive functioning, and psychological factors that impact cognitive functioning. The findings of this evaluation are thoroughly explained and applied to everyday functioning, setting up treatment interventions to alleviate and manage any findings.
The diversity of presentation of autism across the spectrum makes it difficult to correctly diagnosis. Dr. Crum offers adult and pediatric autism evaluations by employing a variety of empirically based assessments and diagnostic tools. He applies methods that consider comorbid and prognostic conditions such as ADHD, learning disability, communication disorders, intellectual delay, amongst others. Dr. Crum evaluates individuals across time and various contexts for a comprehensive picture. Dr. Crum embraces neurodiversity and emphasizes the strengths associated with those diagnosed with autism.
A psychoeducational assessment evaluates children and adult’s academic achievement and intellect. This includes the determination of learning disabilities including phonological dyslexia, orthographic dyslexia, mixed dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other executive function based learning disabilities. Instead of the discrepancy model used in the school system, Dr. Crum employs understanding and knowledge of whole-brain functioning with developmental considerations to determine the presence of a learning disability. Dr. Crum individually tailors evaluations to meet a patient’s specific and unique needs.
Emotions are fluid, complex, and multilayered. Often times, individual’s challenges and problems are difficult to articulate and describe, resulting in feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, and lonely. In addition to a detailed diagnostic intake, Dr. Crum utilizes empirically based objective and projective psychological testing to better understand and provide valuable insight into the functionality of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This often provides valuable information that leads to individually tailored treatment recommendations.
Dr. Crum is proud to partner with CogNet Rehab Solutions (CRS) as its forensic administrator. CogNet offers both assessment and treatment options for individuals who have sustained a concussion or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Dr. Crum has aligned with CogNet to support his forensic practice providing psychological and neuropsychological services to Reno residents and abroad. Individuals who have been injured in an auto accident or other unfortunate circumstances often incur life altering brain injuries. As a result, these individuals require specialized neuropsychological assessment and treatment to address the severity of trauma sustained. To learn more about CRS nationwide forensic network, please click on the "Forensic" tab at the top of the page.
This type of evaluation service is only offered solely through the partnership with Sierra Neurosurgery Group. These evaluations are designed to determine an individual's readiness for surgery as well as examine psychosocial stress and psychological factors that can influence an individuals experience of pain.
Dr. Crum is contracted with hospitals to provide evaluations that assist in the determination of competency in order to practice medicine. This type of evaluations examines various potential variables that may compromise an individual's capability to carry out delegations related to practicing medicine. This variables include neuropsychological, psychological, substance use, psychosocial stress, amongst other factors.
Through Dr. Crum's experience working with numerous veterans, the purpose of these examinations is to comprehensively evaluate a veteran's claim for compensation, including the etiology and severity of a veteran's condition to better understand how it impacts their life. The evaluation examines the validity of the veteran's presenting concerns and how it directly relates to their military service. Dr. Crum is passionate and determined in working with veterans to fight for the compensation they deserve.
Please call our office to inquire about other assessments we provide