Psych Associates provides a comprehensive range of assessments for the following potential diagnoses:
- Learning Disabilities
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum
- Behavioral Disorders (Oppositional Defiance and Conduct Disorder)
- Personality Disorders
- Thought Disorders
- Memory and Learning Weakness
- Executive Functioning Weakness
What is a Psychological Evaluation?
Psychological Evaluations use advanced interviewing techniques as well as a personalized battery of tests to answer questions about your cognitive functioning, academic achievement, social-emotional health, attention and concentration, and development in order to plan for treatment or make decisions that best fit with your strengths and weaknesses.
How to prepare for testing days?
Dress comfortably, get a good nights sleep, eat a balanced breakfast, and take any prescribed medications. Make sure you arrive on time or even a few minutes early for your appointment. Depending upon the evaluation questions, the interview and testing can take between several hours and all day.
What happens after testing?
After your testing is completed, your psychologist and their team will begin scoring your tests and comparing these scores to normative data. After all of the scoring is complete and any additional records are reviewed by your doctor, they will interpret the test scores, past data, and results of the clinical interview to answer the original referral questions. Your psychologist will then write a report explaining the results and make recommendations personalized to you.
How do I explain testing to my child?
Preparing your child for testing will help minimize their anxiety and encourage them to do their best. Children best understand testing as a way for the doctor to understand them and find ways to help. We want your child to be comfortable and motivated on the day of testing. Here are some helpful ways to help prepare him or her:
Some children need reassurance that there are no needles or shots involved.
- Explain to your child that they will be meeting with the psychologist alone.
- They need to appreciate the importance of doing their best even if they do not know the correct answer.
- Try to avoid using the word “test” as it tends to increase anxiety
- Explain that children learn in different ways and that this testing will help you better understand how they learn best
How much will testing cost?
The best answer is that it depends. Testing services are offered at $200/ hour plus any test material cost. This testing rate includes any administration, scoring, interpreting, and reporting. Some evaluations are fairly simple and only require a few hundred dollars while others are much more complex and demand the doctors full day.
If paying out-of-netowrk or privately, a partial payment or full payment may be required on the day of testing, with the balance due when the results are ready. After the full cost of the assessment is paid, you can submit the required information to your plan for reimbursement to you.
For example, some common testing situations:
- Personality functioning (anxiety/depression): Interview, MMPI-2, and report = $500
- Learning Disability Evaluation: interview, record review, IQ, achievment, personality, attention, and report = $1200-1500
Is the cost covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies do cover psychological testing. If you plan to use your insurance, it is important that you contact your insurance company to determine benefits before getting started.
Questions to ask your insurance
- Is the cost of psychological testing covered?
- Is there a deductible?
- What portion will be reimbursed?
- Is a referral needed from a primary care physician?
- Is preauthorization required?