What is neuropsychology ?
Neuropsychology treats patients suffering from brain damage, mainly acquired, of various origins (e.g. strokes, traumatic brain injury, tumours, epilepsy, inflammatory or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.), or with suspected brain dysfunction.
- Assessment (1 to 3 hours)
After an account of the patient’s history (directed medico-social interview), the neuropsychologist carries out a check-up, performing standard psychometric tests (based mainly on age, socio-cultural level and gender), examining:
- gestural capacity (praxis),
- perceptual capacity (gnosis),
- executive functioning (planning, inhibition, mental flexibility, etc.),
- Rehabilitation (30 to 60-minute sessions)
Where appropriate, the neuropsychologist suggests a rehabilitation programme. Therapy is adapted to each patient; it aims to restore and reorganise capacity and/or to compensate for deficits. Through daily or weekly rehabilitation sessions, patients are helped to achieve a satisfactory degree of autonomy in everyday activities, both personal and professional.