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Cognitive assessments consist of a clinical interview, collateral interview, intelligence testing, and academic achievement testing. Its main purpose is to determine a person's overall level of cognitive functioning.
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Functional Capacity Evaluations
Functional Capacity Evaluations include three main components: a history and manual examination addressing issues such as muscle strength and range of motion; physiological testing including energy system capacities, strength, range of motion, organization of movement, and joint stability; and a functional assessment which addresses issues such as sitting/standing/walking tolerances, ability to assume various work-related postures (e.g., squatting, kneeling, reaching), and overall strength capabilities. Standardized ratings from the National Occupational Classification (NOC) are used in reporting. The Functional Capacity Assessment report provides objective information about clients' physical capability for work, and where appropriate, recommendations for improving functional abilities. All functional capacity evaluations are carried out by licensed physical or occupational therapists.
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Neuropsychological Assessments include an evaluation of present and premorbid intellectual ability, attention and working memory, verbal memory, memory for visual material, prospective remembering, problem solving/executive functioning, visual/spatial/perceptual skills, expressive and receptive language abilities, and somatosensory and motor function. A formal assessment of personality and emotional factors is also included. Reports will address each of these domains and will provide conclusions and recommendations addressing the nature and extent of any neuropsychological problems, descriptions of impairments and disabilities, and recommendations addressing academic upgrading, vocational retraining, and vocational choice as relevant to the individual.
Psychiatric assessments are based
on an extensive client interview which consists of going
over one's past and currrent medical and psychiatric
information or history, and may include substance use
and other addictions. Additional family history
and personal history is obtained as well as a mental
status examination. The formulation is based on
a bio-psycho-social model with emphasis on potential
for improvement. Subsequent psychiatric diagnoses
follow the multi-axial assessment format of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) which takes into account
the various clinical and personality aspects of the
diagnoses, coping style, and global assessment of functioning.
Recommendations are made regarding specific treatments
and referral to appropriate clinics or agencies for
further rehabilitation, management, and support.
Psychological Assessments address issues such as nature
and history of the presenting problem/disability, personal
history, general level of intellectual functioning,
psychological and emotional functioning (including determination
of psychiatric [DSM-IV] diagnoses, if relevant), psychometric
assessment of perceived disability, coping skills, personality
functioning, and treatment recommendations. Issues to
be assessed will include life stress, coping skills,
and other resources.
Vocational Assessments are specifically directed
at identifying the client's potential for competitive
employment, and identification of appropriate employment
possibilities. In addition to a review of the client's
vocational and academic history, vocational assessments
consist of objective determination of overall intellectual
functioning, academic potential, aptitudes, motivation,
and vocational interests. Identification of specific
barriers to competitive employment, both as perceived
by the client and as determined by a review of medical
and/or other available information, will be factored
into computer-based and clinical job matching. Consideration
will be given to various levels of employment-related
rehabilitation and retraining, as appropriate for each
client and recommendations for overcoming barriers to
employment will be provided.