Child Neuropsychological Evaluations
Neuropsychological evaluations are provided to children, adolescents and young adults, with a diverse range of neurological or medical conditions that impact brain functioning. These evaluations are typically referred by the treating doctor/pediatrician or neurologist. Some common conditions include concussion/traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, hydrocephalus, and seizure disorder/epilepsy. A referral is made to assess the child’s cognitive and emotional/behavioral symptoms as they pertain to their neurological or medical condition. Areas of cognitive assessment include intellectual abilities, language, visual-motor skills, memory, attention, executive functions and fine motor skills/dexterity. Emotional and behavioral symptoms often occur secondary to a neurological condition and are assessed as part of the exam. Results from these evaluations are aimed primarily at identifying a child’s cognitive status for the purposes of diagnosis, intervention, and treatment planning. Recommendations are individually focused to assist with treatment planning and appropriate accommodations as they pertain to the child’s neurological status/symptoms.
Prior to the evaluation, records are reviewed. We will request medical records from the referring doctor. Additional records will be reviewed if provided in advance of the testing appointment. All forms should be completed at the time of the child’s first appointment. An interview is conducted with the child (if appropriate) and parent/guardian, followed by testing. Testing is typically conducted over one to two sessions, depending on the child and the reason for the referral. A feedback session is held to discuss test results and recommendations, and a written report is provided to the parent and referring doctor, as well as other treaters involved in the child’s care if requested.
Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluations
These evaluations are requested for educational purposes for children, adolescents and college students to optimize achievement and success in the academic arena. The testing assesses intellectual skills, academic abilities, cognitive/executive functions, individualized learning style, and emotional resources. These evaluations are more comprehensive than the basic psychoeducational evaluation and include a detailed assessment of the child’s cognitive functions. Test results can help to identify useful strategies for utilization in the school setting, guide educational planning, facilitate school transitions, and determine the most appropriate pathway to academic success (e.g., gifted/advanced programs, school accommodations, etc.). Recommendations are aimed at providing parents, teachers/school programs, and support staff (e.g., counselors), with educational support and assistance that meet the unique needs of each child. Common referrals include learning disabilities, gifted accommodations, and transitional reevaluations (new school/grade level; post secondary/college).
Currently, insurance companies will not cover the cost of educational evaluations. As such, these evaluations are paid privately. The typical time it takes to complete a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation is estimated at a minimum of 10-hours and includes: (1) a detailed record review completed prior to the testing session (e.g., medical records, school evaluations [MET reports], IEPs, 504s, FBA/PBIPs, and therapy reports); (2) collection of forms completed by the parent/guardian regarding the child’s functioning; (3) an in-depth interview with the parent/guardian – typically 1-2 hours; (4) approximately 5-6 hours of testing with the child, often done over two days; (5) scoring of all data; (6) preparation of report; and (7) up to a one hour feedback session with the doctor to review the test findings and discuss recommendations.
Basic Psychoeducational Evaluations
We provide basic psychoeducational evaluations which are less comprehensive than a neuropsychological evaluation in that cognitive resources are not assessed. The psychoeducational evaluation includes an interview, IQ testing, academic testing, and parent ratings. Feedback is provided and a report is rendered. These evaluations can be done as (1) a stand-alone evaluation for a flat-rate due at the time of the exam; or (2) as a sequel to a prior neuropsychological evaluation (since some of the exam will have already been done as part of the neuropsychological exam, these require less time and are less expensive). Insurance companies will not cover the cost of educational evaluations. As such, all educational evaluations are paid privately.
Educational services are offered to help facilitate academic planning. These include classroom observations, consultation with school personnel, advocacy at child team meetings, and educational workshops/services. Additional services can be discussed with the doctor as they pertain to the child’s needs.
Neuropsychological evaluations are often requested to assess common childhood symptoms/conditions. Results of the exam can provide the child, parent’s, school and treating physicians with assistance in the diagnostic and treatment process. We provide diagnostic-specific evaluations for the assessment of: Attention Deficit Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Social/Emotional/Behavioral Conditions.