Dr. Voeller and Dr. Aloia work as a team to provide comprehensive neuropsychological and neurological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of brain-based learning or behavior difficulties. Commonly suspected disorders include: language disorders, reading disorders, nonverbal learning disorders (including difficulty with math), pervasive developmental disorders (such as Asperger’s Disorder), attention deficit disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.
The neuropsychological evaluation typically involves a comprehensive neurodevelopmental interview, question and answer tests, computer tests, and behavioral rating forms which are completed by parents and teachers. The goal of each neuropsychological evaluation is to identify individual strengths and weaknesses by testing a wide variety of areas including: general cognitive ability, academic achievement, language ability, visual-spatial skills, motor functions, memory, attention, and problem-solving. Social-emotional needs are evaluated if necessary.
In addition to participating in the neuropsychological evaluation, Dr. Voeller typically completes a medical history and administers a comprehensive neurological exam. A neurological exam is much like an ordinary physical yet it includes an assessment of a patient’s sensory and motor abilities and how these capabilities integrate.
After the evaluation, the patient and/or his or her family are provided both verbal and written feedback addressing specific concerns. Included with this feedback are recommendations specifically designed to address educational, behavioral, and emotional concerns. Dr. Voeller has the authority to prescribe medication if needed.
Integrated Visual & Auditory Test (IVA)
At WINSi, we are equipped to perform the The Integrated Visual and Auditory Test (IVA). The IVA is an auditory and visual continuous performance test designed to measure impulsivity, inattention or low arousal, and poor vigilance. The results of an IVA aid clinicians in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
In children, the occupational evaluation usually assess handwriting, typing skills, organizational skills, and other aspects of day-to-day life. Adult and adolescent assessments are similar, but tend to be more focused on organizational skills and instrumental activities of daily living.