Each of our practitioners will tailor your evaluation to fit your individual needs. Most evaluations involve one or two visits during which a comprehensive history of your developmental, academic, occupational, social, medical, and psychological history will be discussed. Depending on your age and condition, a thorough neuropsychological evaluation will be conducted on the same day or will be scheduled for an upcoming day. During the neuropsychological evaluation, a series of tests of thinking skills, including memory, attention, reaction time, language, and visual perception, will be administered. Emotional functioning will also be assessed. Some of the tests will be paper-pencil, some computer-based, and some question-answer. Once the tests are completed, your results will be compared to others with similar backgrounds so that objective measures of strengths and weaknesses can be obtained. These results are then incorporated with your medical records and pertinent background information to develop working diagnoses and helpful recommendations for improving quality of life and daily functioning. These results will then be discussed with you and your referral source in the form of a comprehensive report and face-to-face feedback, depending on your needs.

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We evaluate infants, children and adolescents who are experiencing a variety of challenges in school or at home. Our evaluations can help identify why a child may be having problems such as :

  • difficulty reading
  • poor communication
  • an unusually short attention span
  • abnormal or anti-social behaviors
  • trouble getting along with others

 

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Our evaluations can identify and help diagnose adults with medical, neurological and psychiatric disorders such as:

  • head injury
  • attention problems (ADHD)
  • learning disabilities
  • seizure disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • mood and anxiety disorders
  • substance abuse

 

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[column size=”col-6″] Older Adults
Our clinicians assist physicians with differential diagnosis of adults with medical, neurological and psychiatric disorders such as:

  • dementia
  • movement disorders
  • vascular problems including stroke
  • mood and anxiety disorders
  • substance abuse

 

Our older adult evaluations can identify why certain individuals may have difficulty with memory, communication, problem solving or independent living. We work with healthcare professionals to design treatment plans that maximize an individual’s quality of life. Our evaluations may also help family members or loved ones make decisions about a person’s competency or independence.[/column]
[column size=”col-6″ last_column=”true”] FAA HIMS and Cognitive Evaluations
Dr. Hamilton is trained in the administration of FAA neuropsychological evaluations and is HIMS trained to perform psychological evaluations for aviators and air traffic controllers experiencing substance-related issues. Dr. Hamilton is a CogScreen-AE provider. Read more here [/column]
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The Concussion Clinic at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California offers concussion assessment and management services for children, adolescents, and adults. [/column]
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[column size=”col-6″] What is a concussion?
A concussion can result after a sudden blow to the head or somewhere else on the body that causes jarring of the head. After being hit, the person may demonstrate loss of consciousness, amnesia, and confusion. While some people believe that loss of consciousness is required for a diagnosis of a concussion, less than 10% of people with concussions actually demonstrate a loss of consciousness. Commonly reported symptoms following a concussion include the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Feeling Slowed Down
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Emotionality
  • Irritability
  • Fogginess
  • Attention/Concentration Difficulties
  • Memory Problems
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Drowsiness

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[column size=”col-6″ last_column=”true”] It is important to receive immediate medical care following a suspected concussion. After you have completed a medical evaluation, the Concussion Clinic at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California can assist in post-injury assessment and management of concussions.Concussion Assessment and Management
We utilize a computerized battery of neurocognitive tests called ImPACT™ for baseline and post-concussion testing, and Dr. Roger Perez is a Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant. Following a concussion and subsequent medical examination, serial post-injury assessments and clinical evaluations are conducted at the Concussion Clinic to track recovery from the injury. Based on the results of the evaluations, guidelines for post-concussion rehabilitation will be developed, including initial exertion limitations and return to play decisions, school/employment restrictions or accommodations, and referrals for additional evaluations or treatments if necessary.Sports Concussion Services
The Concussion Clinic provides services to school and university sports teams and independent sporting programs. Our sports concussion services begin with a concussion prevention and education program geared toward student athletes and athletic staff, followed by pre-season baseline testing. Post-injury assessment and management services are available for athletes with sports-related concussions, as well as ongoing consultation for return to play. Parents who are interested in individual baseline testing or post-injury evaluations for their child/adolescent athlete may contact the Concussion Clinic directly.Acute Concussion Services
The Concussion Clinic at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California also accepts referrals from local medical groups for patients who have sustained recent concussions. Individuals who are seeking further assessment and management services following a concussion resulting from falls or other types of accidents can also contact the Concussion Clinic to set up an appointment. [/column]
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[column size=”col-6″] Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations
You may be referred for a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health if you demonstrate complex or persistent symptoms from a concussion, or if you have a history cognitive and behavioral difficulties after sustaining multiple concussions.Resources
National Institutes of Health (NIH)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [/column]
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