Clinical Neuropsychology

Marsden Clinical Psychology have now employed a clinical neuropsychology registrar who can provide assessments AND treatment for people experiencing difficulties with:

  • memory
  • learning
  • attention (ADHD)
  • language
  • reading (dyslexia)
  • problem-solving
  • decision-making
  • other developmental problems such as Autism
  • dementia and other older age adult problems

Cognitive Assessment

Clinical neuropsychological assessment provides a detailed profile of the patient’s strengths and weaknesses, and is recognised as a sensitive tool for the diagnosis of cognitive impairment, particularly in cases where changes are subtle and not evident on screening assessments or neuroimaging. It helps with diagnosis and treatment planning for people experiencing difficulties with memory, attention, language or other aspects of cognition or behaviour. Because neuropsychological conditions can worsen or improve with time and treatment, neuropsychological assessment is valued as providing a baseline for future comparison of changes over time. It can also be used in predicting and enhancing social, educational and vocational outcomes. Involves a clinical interview and a range of individually administered tests. They can range from brief consultations to detailed comprehensive evaluations involving several hours of face-to-face contact. The results of the assessment are then used to assist with developing individual treatment recommendations or plans.*

Cognitive Remediation

Cognitive remediation interventions assist with compensating for and/or improving cognitive difficulties in order to optimise functioning at home, school or work, and other settings. The intervention targets weaknesses in individual or multiple cognitive domains depending on the nature of the impairment. Cognitive domains that benefit from remediation include attention, concentration, memory, language abilities, and executive functioning. The primary aim of intervention is to promote compensation for lost/weaker function by learning new ways to do things, or to rehabilitate weaker functions. This is achieved through learning and practising targeted strategies.

Benefits of cognitive remediation

Cognitive remediation can be beneficial for a range of disorders that may affect brain functioning, including:

  • Learning disorders (including dyslexia and dysgraphia)
  • ADHD
  • Other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Brain injury
  • Depression

What do you do in a session?

  1. Learn about the brain (psychoeducation)
  2. Make intervention goals
  3. Complete cognitive tasks
  4. Practice and implement strategies to assist with weaknesses in:
    • Learning
    • Memory
    • Attention and concentration
    • Time management
    • Planning and organisation
    • Problem-solving

*This information has been taken from the Australian Psychological Society’s website.