QEEG and neuropsychological assessment
You – or your child – registered for a QEEG and / or neuropsychological assessment at Brainclinics. On this page you’ll read information about preparing for the assessment and the assessment itself. The assessment is a three step process, which is explained below.
A short video providing an overview of the QEEG and intake procedures at Brainclinics and neuroCare clinics:
Before the QEEG assessment
Prior to the QEEG and neuropsychological assessment we ask you to fill out a comprehensive internet home questionnaire. How you can fill this list is explained in Step 1.
On the day of the QEEG neuropsychological assessment
On the day of the assessment, you need to prepare to comply with certain regulations. For a good and reliable assessment it is important that you carefully follow the list of preparations. These requirements can be found in Step 2.
Below you can read more about the QEEG and neuropsychological examination on the day of the assessment. For additional information, please visit BRC QEEG.
First part of the QEEG assessment
We start by registering your breathing rhythm using a comfortable strap around your chest. After that you’ll get a short questionnaire to indicate how you feel. The researcher will then measure your head to determine the location of the electrodes and clean or scrub some spots on the skin around your face (around the eyes, neck, wrist, cheek, forehead and collarbone).
Then you get a sort of bathing-hat (cap) on your head containing 26 electrodes. Through these electrodes the EEG, eye movements, muscle tone and heart rate are measured. The electrodes are filled with a salt mixture. We’ll place a few electrodes on the skin too. The whole process is completely painless.
Finally, you’ll get a skin resistance meter on your middle and ring fingers to measure perspiration from your skin. These preparations take about half an hour, after which the EEG recording will begin. You will get instructions on the computer screen and through a headset.
The first test takes about an hour, you’ll sit behind a computer screen and use a button box. During testing it is very important that you are relaxed and comfortable, because muscle activity and stress can cause a lot of interference in the EEG signal.
For parents of children who are tested it is possible to participate during the preparation, and if necessary assist in the questionnaires. When testing begins, the parent can sit in the room next to the assessment room and possibly read a book or magazine.
Duration of the QEEG assessment
After the test we’ll remove the cap and you can stretch your legs and freshen up. You may also want to wash your hair to rinse out the gel that is used in the cap. Shampoo, towel and a hair dryer are available in the private space we provide.
After this part you will continue with the neuropsychological assessment as part of the test series. This is a computerized neuropsychological test battery that takes approximately one hour. During these tests, you sit alone in a room behind a touchscreen, while hildren may do so under supervision. You will get instructions through the headphones and touch screen.
Your QEEG neuropsychological assessment results
After the examination, your personal data is processed and sent to the database. Within one to two weeks the report is finished and you’ll get a treatment advice from an experienced psychologist. Your practicioner will contact you to set an appointment for a discussion of the report.
If you are unable to come at the appointed time, please let us know as soon as possible, so another client may take your place.