The Neurofunctional Approach

Most cognitive tests measure cognition in a silo. BrainFx goes beyond cognition with our innovative Neurofunctional Approach and uses real-world, function-based activities to be more sensitive, more ecologically valid, and more clinically useful than traditional cognitive testing.

What is Neurofunction?

 

Neurofunction is a comprehensive understanding of a person’s functional status as related to his/her neurological condition; whether healthy or dysfunctional. Neurofunction includes a person’s abilities (physical, cognitive, psychosocial), activity participation, as well as quality of life. 
Model of Neurofunction

Understanding cognition within Neurofunction

 

Looking closer at the cognitive domain, cognitive function can be understood as beginning with brain structure, then cognitive functional skills and finally the functional context. Cognitive assessments focus on the skills that connect structure to function; however, what tends to be missed is a comprehensive model that helps to make practical sense of these cognitive skills. So we created it.
Cognitive domain

Model of Cognitive Skills

 

In this model, cognitive functional skills are broken into 3 areas: foundational, intermediate and complex. The hierarchy represents the need for lower-order skills to be intact for higher-order skills to be able to function. The skills at the top of the model (comprehension, communication, etc.) are separate from cognitive skills, but influential factors in performance. Traditional cognitive assessments tend to focus on foundational and intermediate cognitive skills. BrainFx uses the entire model, with a particular focus on complex.
Model of Cognitive Skills

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Important Information: BrainFx Assessments only provide information about neurofunctional performance. Assessment results detail the patient/client's performance on assessment activities completed and only assist the health care team in identifying potential areas of strength or challenge as related to function. Assessments DO NOT provide any diagnosis or treatment recommendations. BrainFx Assessments are only permitted to be delivered by trained clinicians. Assessment reports are not stand-alone and require the interpretation of a health professional within their scope of practice and in the context of all information that they have gathered about their patient/client. In Canada, BrainFx Assessments are cleared by Health Canada as a Class 1 Software as a Medical Device. BrainFx Assessments and the statements made on this website have not been evaluated by any other regulatory bodies. Assessments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information provided by BrainFx is not a substitute for face-to-face consultation with your health care professional and should not be construed as individual medical advice.