Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my child undergo an evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation can be helpful in clarifying your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, particularly when your child may be having difficulty in home and/or at school. An evaluation can offer clarification in the identification of an emerging learning disability, developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, attention deficit disorders, language and visual processing deficits, and emotional challenges. An evaluation can be instrumental in improving your understanding of your child and what is interfering with their functioning.
When should i seek an evaluation for my child?
Some examples of when a neuropsychological evaluation is recommended include:
- Persistent difficulties have been observed/reported by your child’s school
- There is a large discrepancy between your child’s effort and their performance
- Your child has difficulty remembering information and/or requires frequent refocusing
- Your child has a history of neurological or developmental delay
- Your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury or illness that impacts his/her cognitive development
- It is unclear why your child is struggling
- You believe your child needs school accommodations
- You think your child is gifted
What does an evaluation consist of?
Initial Intake Session: A consultation between the parents and the clinician during which a complete and comprehensive history of the child is gathered.
Evaluation: Following the intake session, evaluation sessions are scheduled. An evaluation typically takes several hours over the course of several sessions, depending on the age and needs of your child. The assessment includes interactive activities, including hands-on activities, pencil and paper tasks, answering questions, and computer activities. With younger children, frequent breaks and rewards might be taken to promote engagement.
Areas assessed throughout the evaluation include:
- Intelligence/cognitive skills
- Academic skills/school based learning
- Learning, Attention and Memory
- Language & communication skills
- Perceptual/spatial skills
- Motor skills
- Social-Emotional functioning & behavior
Feedback Session:Following completion of the final assessment session, a feedback session is scheduled, at which time the clinician discusses and explains each test your child completed and the results. Our clinicians take careful measure to ensure you understand what each test measures and what your child’s performance on each test means. Furthermore, our clinicians will discuss the conceptual and diagnostic implications of your child’s assessment, as well as their rationale for each recommendation made.
Clinicians are able to meet with adolescents for a feedback session, as well, to discuss their results, as well as areas of strength and weakness. With younger children, clinicians can provide feedback tailored to the child’s developmental level, either in person or by letter.
Report:A comprehensive written report is provided, following the feedback session, that documents your child’s results and corresponding diagnostic findings, along with a detailed set of recommendations for both the home and school settings.
What are the benefits of an evaluation?
- Identify possible learning difficulties or developmental delays that may be negatively impacting school performance
- Gain a greater understanding of your child’s learning & behavioral style
- Determine whether your child qualifies for special classroom, testing, or school placement accommodations (including standardized tests)
- Identify strengths & weaknesses to determine if your child qualifies for remedial services
- Determine whether your child qualifies for special education services
- Obtain recommendations that will help your child compensate for any difficulties
- Clarify diagnostic questions
- Identify the impact of medical conditions
- Assess the effectiveness of current treatment and interventions and document any changes since the last evaluation
do you accept insurance?
To offer the very best care, NYCCPS is an "out of network" provider, eliminating the restrictions of insurance companies. If you wish to seek reimbursement, please check your policy and/or call your insurance company prior to your appointment as some health insurance companies will pay for some portion of neuropsychological evaluations. At your request, we will provide the necessary documentation to assist you in receiving reimbursement; however, because we do not bill insurance companies directly, payment is expected at the time of service.