Neuropsychologists have a broad clinical knowledge base and have highly developed skills of the brain, behaviours and emotional responses to brain and spinal injuries.
They work with people who have suffered the effects of a traumatic brain injury, strokes, toxic and metabolic disorders, tumours and neurodegenerative diseases or a combination of these. Work is undertaken holistically and involves working with the patient, families, carers and the therapy team to provide the best possible rehabilitation to try and reduce the cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of their conditions and adjustment to their new situation.
This process usually starts by undertaking detailed assessments of the patients cognitive and behavioural abilities and their emotional response to their current situation. This information is used to design personal rehabilitation programs in consultation with individuals wherever possible. The effectiveness of these interventions are monitored and the rehabilitation interventions are modified as necessary as the patient's abilities change.