Q. How long does a typical evaluation last?
Evaluations can last anywhere from 3-4 hours to much longer, depending on the complexity of the referral question. Evaluations for school-aged children/adolescents typically run at least 6-8 hours and may be conducted over several days.
Q. How many sessions are needed?
The evaluation is typically completed in one day. For very young children or for older adults, the evaluation may be broken up into two half-day sessions, or more depending on the patient.
Q. What are the components of a neuropsychological evaluation?
The evaluation starts with a clinical interview where history and pertinent background information are gathered. Then testing is conducted, which includes evaluation of various cognitive domains such as intelligence, achievement skills, attention/concentration, memory, problem solving, organization, cognitive flexibility, language, visual-spatial skills, and motor coordination. Assessment of behavioral and emotional issues is also an important component of a comprehensive evaluation. For some school-aged referrals, a school observation may also be conducted on a separate day depending on the referral question.
Q. How long before I get my results?
A feedback session will be scheduled about 1-2 weeks after the final evaluation session.
Q. What will the results tell me?
Testing will help identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses that can then be used to formulate treatment plans and interventions. For school aged children, testing can help to identify more specific reasons behind poor learning and poor school performance.
Testing can help to differentiate among various illnesses that may present similarly. This may provide valuable information for the patient/family and treating doctors who can then formulate more effective treatment plans and interventions.
Testing can help establish a "baseline" in some cases to document skills before there are any significant problems. Later changes can then be measured more objectively.
Most importantly, testing provides a better understanding of the person's behavior and overall level of functioning in school, at home, and/or in the community and the evaluation can serve as a guide to better help one achieve more optimal functioning.
Q. What insurances do you accept?
We accept Medicare (ages 65+) and private pay. A bill with appropriate CPT codes can be provided to the family or individual wishing to seek reimbursement from their insurance company. Depending on the type of insurance, up to 80% of the evaluation fee may be covered. Please check with your insurance for more specific coverage questions.