Psychological assessment involves administering a combination of tests to assess a child’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. It provides a picture of a child’s abilities, learning styles, needs, and resources. Assessments are beneficial to clarify diagnoses, identify strengths, and guide best treatments including educational interventions and therapies. Interviews with parents and child, review of records, standardized testing measures, self-report and checklists, and behavioral observations are used. The type of tests administered depends on the nature of the problem.
What does the assessment process involve?
An initial intake interview with parent and child is conducted to gather background information. Any previous testing, IEP’s, treatment plans, and/or samples of child’s classwork (if testing for a learning disability) are extremely useful to bring with you. In addition, releases of information for therapists, schools, doctors, etc. can be signed at this time to obtain and release information. This can include providing them a copy of report at completion per parental discretion. Depending on the type of evaluation needed, anywhere between 3-6 hours is needed for testing. These sessions are often split between two sessions. For example, if 4 hours of testing is needed, 2 hours will be completed on two separate days. These sessions are spent administering tests and completing behavioral observations with the child. Two weeks after the last testing date, parents (generally without child) come back for a 60 minute feedback session to review test results and provided a copy of report. The report includes detailed information about how their child performed on each test, behavioral observations, and recommendations. We usually will schedule all testing and feedback sessions at the intake appointment.
How much will psychological testing cost?
The psychological testing process involves the administration of tests, scoring and interpretation of results, writing a report with recommendations, and a feedback meeting with parents. The rate is $135 per hour, with generally 6 hours being the maximum amount of testing hours billed plus the feedback session (totaling $945). Testing is often considered a specialized service requiring the completion of pre-authorization forms from insurance companies. I will complete these forms and submit them to your insurance when needed. However, this is not a guarantee that insurance will cover the entire cost of the testing. Depending on your insurance plan, only a portion of the testing may be covered. Any balance not covered by insurance will need to be paid at the feedback appointment. If you choose not to file with your insurance, the entire testing fees are due at the feedback appointment.
How should I prepare my child for the testing appointment?
It is understandable that many children may be anxious about the assessment process. To help ease their anxiety, preparing them for the appointments will be beneficial. It can be helpful to explain to them that they will be completing a variety of tasks to see how they learn, think, feel, and act. The tasks involve a variety of things such as looking at pictures, working with blocks, answering questions, and drawing. Try to avoid telling children they will be playing. Although there are portions of the testing that allow for more unstructured time and children generally find the testing fun, it can avoid disappointment they may feel if they are not playing the whole time. Reassure your child that he/she is not expected to know every answer and cannot “fail” these types of tests. Encourage your child to try his/her best. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and breakfast the day of the testing. Children are welcome to bring a drink and snack. Children are also allowed breaks throughout the testing session. They can choose to take their breaks in the testing room or with their parent/caregiver in lobby. We ask that parents/caregivers of children under the age of 8 remain in the lobby during the testing in case the child wants to see them during breaks and/or sessions need to be ended early.
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