If you arrive late for your neuropsychology appointment, you may need to be rescheduled to ensure that we have sufficient time to provide the service and do not greatly inconvenience other scheduled patients.
Neuropsychological Assessment at Ability KC
Coping with changes and challenges of a disability can be enhanced by working with neuropsychologists experienced in chronic disease management, disability and trauma.
Neuropsychology studies how the brain and behavior are connected after injury or illness. At Ability KC, our neuropsychologists specialize in assessing patients with conditions like stroke, brain injury, or memory problems. We evaluate attention, memory, language skills, and problem-solving abilities, considering emotional impacts as well.
Neuropsychological assessment is requested by physicians to assist with differential diagnosis when cognitive changes are suspected and to provide objective information about one’s cognitive abilities. The information is beneficial in identifying potential treatment, accommodations, resources and recommendations on supporting and advancing cognitive wellbeing. Families and caregivers find the information useful in providing support and assistance to their loved ones with cognitive changes. Additional referral questions may also relate to questions of the patient’s need for support and services in their home, and return to work and school.
During the assessment, we interview patients to gather information about their symptoms, education, work, health, and family. The evaluation is scheduled based on individual needs and abilities. A neuropsychometrist assists in administering assessments. Following the evaluation, we provide concise feedback and practical recommendations to patients and caregivers. We prepare a detailed report for the patient and their referring doctor, and with consent, share it with other healthcare providers or schools involved.
What You Can Expect
Our Approach to Neuropsychological Testing in Kansas City
The first step to receiving care through Ability KC is to connect with our Neuropsychology office coordinator who will assist in walking through the scheduling process, including how to obtain a physician referral and clinical records.
Our office coordinator will work with the patient or caregiver to schedule the interview, assessment and feedback sessions. They will provide directions to the agency, supportive reminder calls/texts and a list of necessary items to bring to the assessment. Throughout the process, the office coordinator is available to answer questions and provide updates on the person’s process. The interview is typically scheduled for one hour.
Our office coordinator will work with the patient or caregiver to schedule the interview, assessment and feedback sessions. They will provide directions to the agency, supportive reminder calls/texts and a list of necessary items to bring to the assessment. Throughout the process, the office coordinator is available to answer questions and provide updates on the person’s process.
The interview is typically scheduled for one hour. The patient may bring family members/caregivers to provide information. The patient receives information regarding the assessment process, purpose and nature of the assessment, and limits of confidentiality. The session involves question and answer types of tasks, as well as a few tasks involving writing and using one’s hands. It does not involve any medical procedures. The typical assessment may be scheduled for 1-4 hours depending on the referral question, age, and ability level of the individual, with most testing sessions completed in the 2–3-hour range. The patient is offered breaks as needed during the assessment session. The assessment is completed with the patient and the evaluator only; family members are not included in the assessment to avoid distractions and ensure an accurate assessment.
The feedback session is typically scheduled for two weeks after the assessment and scheduled for one hour. The patient may include family and caregivers in the feedback session. The neuropsychologist will review the findings and address the referral question as well as questions from the patient and family as to how the data impacts the person in their daily life. The neuropsychologist strives to offer useful recommendations on strategies to manage cognitive changes such as memory deficits, accommodations at home, work and school and general information on activities important to long term cognitive well being. The report is typically prepared following the feedback session and provided to the patient and the individual released by the patient to receive the assessment, such as the referring physician. The neuropsychologist is available after the person has received their report to answer any questions.
Some insurance providers allow for telehealth services to provide feedback. Please ask the office coordinator about this service if interested.
What You Can Expect
Our Approach to Rehabilitation Psychology Services in Kansas City
A program social worker conducts an initial interview with program patients to better understand their family and community support system, goals for rehabilitation and potential barriers. The social worker will explore topics including mental health and provide information about rehabilitation psychology services. Some patients and family request individual counseling based on their needs. At other points during the program, the patient, their family or team may recommend individual counseling. The social worker will facilitate referral to counseling and setting up the initial session with the rehabilitation psychologist. The team recommends services during the program based on the individual’s needs which may include readiness to participate in the rehabilitation education and support group or the Thrive group.
The Developmental and Behavioral Health team of social workers and psychologist respond to mental health crises of program patients to provide immediate care and referral to intensive care as needed. As a member of the rehabilitation treatment team, the rehabilitation psychologist provides guidance and assistance with the treatment team in working through emotional challenges that may interfere with the individual’s engagement in their rehabilitation program.
Social Work Services
Ability KC recognizes the importance of communication between the treatment team and patient and caregivers, identifying and referring to critical resources and providing general support to our patients and their families. Our program patients are assigned a social worker who will provide important information about the program on the first day and continue with the patient throughout their participation in the day hospital program. They, along with the treatment team, provide regular updates on progress, maintain contact with families and identify resources to meet critical needs. The social worker is the patient’s communication hub and support.
Ability KC takes an integrated approach to our disability care services and neuropsychological testing in Kansas City.
Our team will work with individuals to develop a care plan that can include intensive outpatient rehabilitation services, goal-based group therapies, and interest-based resources.
People We Serve
Ability KC offers pediatric disability services for young children suffering from both congenital and acquired disabilities, while also working closely with their families. Services include our outpatient medical rehabilitation program, therapeutic preschool, summer programming, and much more.
Adolescent teens and young adults have needs that differ from those of younger children, and Ability KC offers a number of unique services to help them as they transition and prepare for adulthood.
A broad range of adult outpatient medical rehabilitation services are available through Ability KC, including traditional outpatient therapy services and our Adult Day Hospital Program. All of our care plans are tailored to the individual’s unique needs and goals and can include intensive rehab, goal-based group therapies, and interest-based services.
Senior services at Ability KC take a comprehensive approach to support aging adults—helping them remain actively engaged in both their personal and professional lives as well as within their communities.
Benefits of Neuropsychology at Ability KC
97% of patients felt that counseling and neuropsychological testing in Kansas City was beneficial and 93% of patients would recommend Ability KC neuropsychology services to others.
We strive to provide all patients with individualized assessments and recommendations to address their concerns and goals.
Ages Served in Neuropsychological Assessment
We have providers able to assess individuals aged five through senior adults.
Meet the Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Psychology Team
The care team at Ability KC includes highly qualified professionals who are passionate about helping people of all ages overcome their unique needs and goals. Each member of our team is committed to providing the highest level of care and helping patients reach their full potential.
Lisa Daberkow Stalp, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Director of Developmental and Behavioral Health
Terrie Price, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Neuropsychology
Michael Kolessar, Psy.D., ABPP, Neuropsychologist
Jordan Fuller, Psy.D. Neuropsychologist
Kristi Bauer, M.Ed., Neuropsychometrist
Samantha Lemon, Practice Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for the neuropsychological interview?
You are encouraged to bring a list of your medications, and your glasses and hearing aids. We encourage you to dress casually and comfortably. You will be asked pertinent information about your background and health history.
Learn More About Ability KC
With a rich history that spans over 75 years, Ability KC has provided services that have helped change and shape the lives of thousands.
Our organization is proud to serve over 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their families annually, and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to help the members of our community reach their greatest potential.