What To Expect
The neuropsychological evaluation is an extensive process that involves multiple steps. During the initial meeting you and/or your child will be introduced to the process and what you can expect from the evaluation. You will also be asked to complete a number of forms that will further orient you to the process and collect data about your or your child’s background. This will be followed by a clinical interview that will ask questions about developmental history, medical and mental health issues, academic background, work history and social relationships. The clinical interview will provide the framework within which the test data will be interpreted.
The testing process itself requires between 6 and 10 hours of face-to-face contact with the patient depending on the complexity of the issue at hand and whether prior evaluations have been conducted and are available. Given the length of time that is often required for the evaluation process it is often necessary to divide the evaluation into several sessions. Once the testing portion has been completed the tests are scored and interpreted and a report is written. The report will contain information from the clinical interview including any medical, school or other records that have been provided, the interpretation of the test results and a summary section that outlines the findings, what they mean in terms of diagnosis, strengths and weakness and their impact on the patient’s functioning. This is followed by a thorough outline of treatment recommendations for the patient, other clinicians involved in treatment and the school if necessary.
Once the report is completed you will be called in for a meeting with the doctor to review the results and what they mean for you and/or your child. You will then be given a copy of the report. The doctor will be available to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Payment for services will be arranged between you and the doctor. If you have Medicare, please present your card at the time of your visit. You will only be responsible for the co-pay. Private insurance is not accepted.