Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur for a variety of reasons, from accidents to sports related injuries. The impact that a TBI can have on cognitive functioning can range from mild to severe. In mild cases symptoms may consist of fatigue, irritability, headaches, personality change, and attention and memory problems. Typically, these symptoms remit in the majority of mild TBI cases within weeks or a few months following the injury. In more severe cases, where loss of consciousness was experienced for more than a brief period, the deficits can be more serious and are typically associated with the location(s) in the brain that are damaged (as evidenced on radiological examinations such as CT, MRI etc).
The goal of a neuropsychological assessment for TBI is to determine whether the individual is
experiencing changes, and the impact on that person’s functioning. A second aim is to provide
recommendations for services from the affected person’s school and/or treatment team that may be necessary to improve daily functioning. Specific accommodations at school, work, and in the community may also be recommended.
The following medical documents are required by our clinic to conduct TBI evaluations, and the referring physician/neurologist can forward them to our office directly:
- Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)
- Brain CT or MRI
- Length of loss of consciousness, coma, disorientation