How do I pay for the evaluation?

Although we are not in-network with any insurance companies, we will work with you to provide you documentation for out-of-network benefits. If your insurance plans include out-of-network benefits, you may be able to receive partial reimbursement for consultations and psychological evaluations. Contact us for a full explanation of fees. Payment from clients is expected at the time of service.

How will we benefit from an assessment?

After the evaluation is complete, we will create a report for your family that will describe our findings in detail. This report will also make recommendations for treatment and various services and local resources, if needed. We will also meet with you, to explain the data and answer your questions. Through this process, you will learn more about how your child's abilities and style interact with his or her environment, for better or for worse. Using the data we collect throughout the course of the evaluation, we will make suggestions for new strategies to help you create the best environmental fit possible for your child's unique strengths and weaknesses.

Why might a child need psychological assessment?

You're the best expert on your child, and you know when something just isn't working. Maybe she doesn't seem to be hitting developmental milestones at the same pace as her peers. Maybe you need to tell him 14 times to put on his shoes. Maybe her teacher thinks she might have a reading disability. Maybe he can't seem to make friends and will only come out of his shell at home. Maybe you've been battling defiant behavior, obsessive rituals, or talk of suicide. Maybe someone has suggested your child might have ADHD, autism, anxiety, a learning disorder, or another kind of psychological diagnosis. In all of these cases and many more, an assessment can help you learn more about how your child thinks and feels and views the world. We also work with you to understand how you can help your child grow and develop, from treatment options to home and school strategies. 

What kind of consultation services do you offer?

Sometimes, a family would like the opinion of a psychologist, even if they're not ready for a full evaluation quite yet. We are happy to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We are also available to offer a second opinion on diagnosis and treatment recommendations, if testing has recently been completed by another professional.  

Additionally, we are available for consultation to schools and other child- and family-centric organizations and can present lectures and workshops on topics of interest.

What is a psychological assessment?

We take a process approach to assessment, which is designed to observe and measure aspects of your child from many different angles and contexts. We choose methods depending on the child's age and developmental stage, the reason for the assessment, and the personality and needs of the child. Typically, this includes an interview and questionnaires with parents and other significant caregivers and teachers, observation of the child in multiple contexts, and state-of-the-art instruments. In conducting our analyses, we are not simply looking at test scores and diagnostic criteria, we are also evaluating how a child chose an answer or made an error or managed frustration/boredom or interacted with the examiner. This gives us a deeper understanding of how kids attend to, interpret, and assimilate information from their dynamic environment. The kind of information we collect can help shed light on a child's:

  • Intellectual abilities

  • Academic achievement, including reading and math

  • Attention

  • Learning and memory

  • Social awareness and skills

  • Emotional functioning

  • Executive functioning

  • Motor coordination

  • Language abilities

  • Visuospatial skills

  • Effort and motivation

  • Personality traits and style

  • Behavioral functioning