Once you arrive, paperwork pertaining to informed consent, privacy, and fee schedule will be completed. Completed questionnaires and a copy of your insurance card must be received before the evaluation will begin.
The first step in the assessment process is a parent interview. The parent interview usually takes between 40 and 50 minutes. You will meet with the neuropsychologist and discuss your primary questions and concerns. You will be asked a variety of questions regarding your child’s functioning, both past and present. While you meet with the neuropsychologist, your child may begin testing with a psychometrist.
Once the interview is complete, the doctor will discuss the initial test plan with you, and begin working with your child. You will be asked to wait in the waiting area while your child participates in testing. A parent or guardian must remain on the premises at all times. Your child will be given short breaks as needed. An hour lunch break is taken around noon, at which time you and your child may choose to leave for lunch. Depending on the age of your child and the referral question(s), an additional one to three hours of testing will take place after lunch. If testing is unable to be completed in one day, a second appointment will be scheduled.
Once testing is completed, you and your child will be asked to take another break. The neuropsychologist will use this time to complete test scoring, and integrate all the information. A feedback session is then conducted. During this time, you will meet with Dr. Kelderman, Dr. Panora, and/or Dr. Bowles to discuss the results of the evaluation. Your questions will be addressed. If a diagnosis is given, this will be explained to you. You will have ample time to ask additional questions. Most importantly, you will be given specific recommendations regarding treatment planning and interventions targeting identified areas of concern. When appropriate, children are given feedback regarding their performance at a developmentally-appropriate level following the parent feedback session.
In some instances, assessments will be scheduled over the course of 2 appointments. During the first appointment, the completed paperwork will be submitted, and you will be asked to complete several questionnaires. Your child will complete some initial testing with a psychometrist. Depending on their age, they may be asked to complete a questionnaire. The parent interview may take place during that time, or it may take place during the second appointment. The neuropsychologist will complete testing with your child during the second appointment, and go over the results in the feedback session.
We may require more time to collect additional records, and/or review the test results and information. We may request your permission to interview your child’s teacher via telephone. In these instances, you will be given preliminary feedback regarding your child’s test results, and a second appointment for a comprehensive feedback session will be scheduled.