Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT'S THE EVALUATION PROCESS LIKE?
First, we'll schedule a diagnostic conversation (1-2 hours). For children under 10 years old, this conversation occurs only with parents. Next, you or your child will go through testing (6-10 hours) that involves remote and/or in-office-remote test administration. The tests may be paper-pencil or on the iPad/computer. Last, we'll meet for feedback (1-2 hours). This is a collaborative, semi-structured review of the results. You'll receive a copy of a comprehensive report that you can share with others supporting you or your child (e.g., tutor, therapist, psychiatrist, etc.). After our first meeting, it takes about 6 weeks to get the written report (partial batteries are less).
WHAT DO THE TESTS MEASURE?
A test battery is chosen to answer your referral questions. Areas that are typically examined include intelligence (IQ), academic achievement, attention, executive functioning, visual-motor, learning, memory, social-emotional/mood, and personality. Most tests are norm-referenced, meaning that they compare your performance to the performance of others as a way to determine where you fit compared to those with similar characteristics.
HOW ARE YOU DOING ASSESSMENTS DURING COVID-19?
I'm offering remote and in-office remote assessments during the pandemic. We can talk about the best approach for answering your questions while keeping everyone safe. At this time, I'm only able to see those ages 10 and up. Although school observations aren't possible, I can arrange for phone conversations with teachers to gather additional background.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD ABOUT THE EVALUATION?
It helps to be honest and keep things simple. Focus on strengths and finding solutions. Also, testing can feel like a day at school, so it's important for your child to get a good night's rest the night before and eat breakfast in the morning. Each testing session lasts 1-2.5 hours. Bring a water and a snack.
HOW MUCH DOES A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT COST?
I charge an hourly rate of $260 for assessment services. A comprehensive evaluation that includes neuropsychological measures typically costs around $5,000. Please inquire about the cost for partial batteries, ADHD testing, and career assessment.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I'm not a provider for any insurance plans and do not submit pre-authorizations, however, you may contact your insurance and ask about their policy for covering psychological assessment. The CPT codes I most commonly use are 90791, 96136, +96137, 96130, +96131, 96131, +96132. At the end of an evaluation, I provide an itemized account of my work that you can submit it to insurance if you wish.
WHEN'S YOUR NEXT OPENING?
I can typically can see your child within 1-2 months of you contacting me. If my waiting list is longer, I may recommend other psychologists who do testing and may be able to see you sooner.
WHAT'S YOUR CANCELATION POLICY?
For new families, let me know as soon as possible if you're unable to keep your scheduled time. As there's often a wait-list this allows others to be seen sooner. For those who are currently working with me, let my practice know 48 hours ahead of time if you need to cancel an appointment to avoid a cancellation fee.