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Why Would My Child Need a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Psychological and neuropsychological evaluation may help you to better understand your child and the problems that she has been facing at home and/or school. This information helps plan effective treatment for your child at home and at school.
What Happens During Neuropsychological Evaluation?
The testing process varies from person to person, based on her needs. Some commonly tested areas include: learning, memory, attention, concentration, language skills, problem solving skills, academic skills, motor skills, emotional functioning (stress, depression, anxiety), personality functioning, and adaptive functioning. Testing will be completed by your psychologist.
Testing sessions are scheduled on a 45-minute unit basis. Testing appointments vary in length and typically are scheduled in increments of 1-2 hours at a time. However, on occasion up to four hours of testing can be scheduled. Breaks, rest periods or multiple appointments will be provided.
What are the Steps to a Neuropsychological Evaluation for Children?
Psychological assessment involves a number of steps:
- Initial interview with you and your child to gather all the needed information and to plan testing.
- Testing with your child. You will also be asked to complete some paperwork.
- Scoring and interpretation of tests.
- Preparation of written evaluation report.
- Feedback phase in which assessment findings are reviewed with parents. Ideally, for children, the feedback session is most commonly conducted with parents and child on different dates so that parents are able to speak candidly regarding the test findings and plan for care. However, if your child requests to be present with parents for this session, I would be willing to discuss this option with your family.
How Do You Bill for a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Charges are billed on a unit basis. These charges reflect reviewing your old records and interviewing school staff or other important persons, completing the test battery, scoring test data, interpreting test data, and preparing a written report. Some of these charges may appear on days that you are not in our office for services.