FAQs About Psychology and Educational Services

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    What is a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation?

    The model of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation includes a psychologist, who will deliver a typical battery of psychological tests assesses cognitive domains (e.g., attention, language, memory, visual processing, reasoning ability, speed, and fine-motor skills), and social/emotional functioning. The parents are given a selection of behavioral questionnaires at the time of intake which they and, if applicable, the child’s primary teacher will also complete and return to the psychologist. These measures assess social and behavioral functioning and gather information about the child’s performance in multiple environments on a daily basis.


    Why is a comprehensive evaluation necessary for my child?

    Both psychological and educational data must be gathered in order to provide the following:

    • diagnostic clarification for a variety of conditions (e.g., ADHD, dyslexia),
    • targeted treatment interventions for specific areas of weakness,
    • providing documentation for the purpose of receiving accommodations in school settings or for standardized tests (e.g., SAT)

    Private evaluations are designed to provide high quality clinical services to ensure that children are able to reach their highest potential. This differs from the kinds of evaluations and services that are available through special education supports at local public schools. Public schools are able to provide high quality evaluations to students that meet formalized eligibility requirements, and these students typically must have a history of learning deficits which are negatively impacting their ability to meet grade-level expectations.

    Any testing by the psychologist for educational purposes (e.g. to determine if a child has a learning disability) is NOT covered by insurance because it is not considered medically necessary (e.g., other exclusions include vocational testing, forensic evaluation, or custody evaluation).

    Furthermore, while we do not file our pediatric psychological services with insurance panels, we do provide you with supportive documentation to file with your insurance carrier yourself.  Moreover, our Family Child Advocate will help you answer any questions you may have about how to discuss the evaluation and treatment plan with your child.  The Family Child Advocate is also your personal liaison to your therapist and can answer any questions you may have during your time with us.  She will provide operational excellence and is focused on the needs of you and your child at all times.


    What are the costs of comprehensive psychological and educational evaluation?

    Psychological services may be billable to insurance plans. Some insurance plans will cover services. There is no guarantee of coverage, as many procedures are ‘diagnosis driven’ or a deductible may apply before any coverage is provided. It is important to contact your insurance carrier to ask your coverage.  Kinetic Kids will not be billing your insurance for reimbursement.  However, you will be given enough to file your own insurance claims.

    Please take the time to review the Financial Policy. All Neuropsychological and psycho-educational services, as well as our resource fees are not filed to insurance carriers and are paid at the time of service. A resource fee is charged for all Psychological Evaluations. Fees are included in the ranges below:

    Estimated Cost of Services:

     

    Psycho-Educational Evaluation

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation

    Neuropsychological Evaluation

    Educational Testing (not billable to insurance)

    $600

    $575

    $575

    Psychological Testing

    $1,500

    $1,500

    $2,000

    Total

    $2,100

    $2,075

    $2,575

    If you need a letter related to specific diagnostic information for the purposes of medical treatment, and physician will be waiting on the results, please let us know in the beginning and we can provide that documentation.  Currently, there is not an additional fee for this service. The final report will take up to a couple weeks to collate and, with three to four weeks to complete document finalization. You will receive a comprehensive written report detailing and summarizing the components of the evaluation, as well as recommendations for what needs to be done next. 

    The report is typically sent to the parents via U.S. mail, and can also be faxed to physician’s offices or schools as formally requested via authorization to release information. The report is not released to any entity without the guardian’s express written consent.


    How long does the entire neuropsychology testing process take?

    Generally, the process takes 3 to 4 weeks including delivery of report.


    What should I expect from the first meeting?

    You and your child will first meet with the doctor together.  The parents will then meet with the doctor while your child either plays in our play area or, if old enough, fills out a questionnaire. During this meeting you will discuss the reasons for visit, your child’s birth/medical history, social and academic history, and any other concerns you may have.


    What if testing is recommended?

    Testing appointments are currently scheduled on Friday mornings and Saturdays, beginning at begin at 10 a.m.

    If appropriate, your doctor will provide you with parent and teacher rating scales that are to be filled out and returned on the day of the testing appointment.  Also, your Family Child Advocate will work with you to schedule the testing and feedback appointments.


    How can testing benefit my child?

    Testing can identify your child’s learning style and cognitive strengths.  Testing will help our neuropsychologists recommend accommodations to implement at school and/or at home.  Testing can help determine any appropriate therapies such as speech or Applied Behavior Analysis, or educational supportive services.


    How can I prepare for testing day?

    1. Please bring snacks and a lunch for your child.
    2. If applicable, complete the parent/teacher rating scales that were provided during the intake.
    3. If your child is under 4 years of age or not potty trained, we will ask you to stay in the clinic for the duration of the testing.

    What if my child is sick the day of testing?

    The appointment will need to be rescheduled as we want your child to test at optimal levels. Please call us at (704) 807-5699 as soon as possible.


    Should my child take his or her regular medication(s) on the day of testing?

    Yes, unless otherwise instructed by your child’s physician.


    Should my child wear his or her glasses?

    Yes. 


    How does testing day work?

    Testing lasts approximately 4-5 hours.

    If applicable, parents submit the parent/teacher rating scales that were provided during the intake.

    Each testing battery is individually designed by the doctor based on your child’s specific needs. Testing tasks can include answering questions about various topics and requiring different skills including vocabulary, similarities between words, math, doing paper and pencil work, and doing work on a computer.

     Lunch, snack, bathroom and other breaks are given as needed and at regularly planned intervals.

     Note: Testing results will not be available on testing day. They will be provided during the feedback appointment.


    What happens at the feedback appointment?

    • This is a parent-only session.
    • You will be given an explanation of your child’s testing results and, if warranted, a diagnosis. At this time, your doctor will identify the most appropriate interventions and accommodations for your child for the home and school settings.
    • A final copy of your child’s report will be mailed to you within two weeks of your feedback appointment. Should you need the report sooner, please let your doctor know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

     Note: You will not receive a final report during the feedback appointment, because your doctor may need to add additional information from the feedback session to the report.  If you give consent, a copy will be sent to your child’s pediatrician.

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