Psychology Chartered

Case Studies

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Cognitive Assessment

After an accident in 2010, Steve (aged 40) sustained a brain injury and several orthopaedic injuries. He left hospital and returned home to his family in Havant where he continued to receive rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary team. Steve’s Occupational Therapist  had noticed that he would forget information between sessions so she decided to refer Steve to Psychology Chartered for a full cognitive assessment.

A cognitive assessment helps to understand how a person’s brain is functioning after a brain injury, stroke or neurological condition. It involves the individual taking part in a variety of different tasks that are designed to measure different abilities, including memory, attention and executive functioning.

Steve met with our Neuropsychologist and completed a cognitive assessment with her. Steve brought his wife with him, they first had the opportunity to discuss with the Neuropsychologist the changes that they had noticed in Steve’s ability to complete daily activities. Steve then went on to complete several different tasks, some of these were practical and others were more like puzzles.  Steve’s assessment took around four hours and he did this over two sessions, he had regular breaks to prevent him from getting too tired.

The range of tasks that Steve completed enabled the Neuropsychologist to understand the impact that his brain injury was having on his functioning. The Neuropsychologist produced a report for Steve and his wife, and met with them to discuss the results of the cognitive assessment. These results enabled the Neuropsychologist to recommend techniques that would help Steve to live as independently as possible and take part in the activities he enjoyed, despite his difficulties. The Neuropsychologist then arranged a meeting with the professionals who were working with Steve to discuss the results of the cognitive assessment and consider how they could account for Steve’s difficulties and utilise his strengths during his rehabilitation.