When you’ve experienced brain dysfunction as a consequence of an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), your trauma may not be obvious.
If your disability is invisible, other people may be unaware of the level of cognitive impairment you’re coping with. This can be frustrating for you and for them.
It can put a strain on personal relationships and make any return to study or the workplace difficult to manage.
A cognitive assessment by a Clinical Neuropsychologist can help by:
Confirming or clarifying your diagnosis
Building a profile of your strengths and weaknesses to guide your rehabilitation
Establishing a baseline to document changes in functioning between assessments
Generating a referral to another type of required health specialist
Our Clinical Neuropsychologist, Dr Kate Elliott, is trained to assess, diagnose and treat conditions caused by an ABI.
Contact our helpful reception team for more information.
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is widely considered to be damage to the brain acquired after birth that results in cognitive impairment. Recognised causes include:
Accidents and trauma
Bacterial or viral infections like meningitis or encephalitis
Lack of oxygen – hypoxia or anoxia
Degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s, Lewy Bodies disease, Multiple Sclerosis
Our Clinical Neuropsychologist uses scientifically validated tools to understand your brain dysfunction and how it impacts your daily life. At Gateway Psychological Services, our neuropsychological evaluations include the following:
this allows us to gather your relevant historical medical information. We may also review medical records or other reports.
with your permission, family members may be interviewed and asked to share their perceptions on relevant aspects of your history or any observed symptoms.
this is a non-invasive process that typically includes some standardised tests.
You can expect oral questions, paper and pencil tasks and the manipulation of materials such as blocks and puzzles. You may also be given questionnaires relating to your mood, behaviour and personality. Our Clinical Neuropsychologist is trained to integrate these medical, personal and psychological elements to gain a comprehensive understanding of your cognition and quality of life. Your cognitive assessment can also clarify whether the cause of your cognitive impairment is an ABI or the normal aging process.