Understanding when to refer to a Neuropsychologist

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Understanding when to refer to a Neuropsychologist

 

Neuropsychology is playing an increasing role within occupational health in the assessment and management of injured workers and their return to work capacity.

By using objective assessment tools to evaluate cognition, a Neuropsychologist measures the impact of abnormal brain functioning on a broad range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural tasks from which they can then provide guidelines for modifications to an employee’s duties, if needed to assist in their return to work transition.

An example of this is the increasing awareness of the importance of executive functioning.  Brain disease and mental health challenges are well known to affect the executive functions such as self-regulation of behaviour, abstract reasoning, problem solving, planning, organising and the self-monitoring of actions. A Neuropsychologist will report on how these functions relate to an individual’s health and adaptive behaviours, which are important for social and professional functioning.

In the event where impairment in executive functions is affecting work performance, the careful delineation of these impairments by a Neuropsychological assessment will provide valuable information and understanding of how they interrelate with the problems the worker may experience in the work place. The results of the assessment will further assist in providing information that will be important for the implementation of techniques and strategies to promote positive outcomes in the rehabilitation and return to work process.

To find out if a Neuropsychologist may be able to assist your organisation, contact your nearest mlcoa office.

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