What is Psychoeducational Assessment?
Psychoeducational evaluations assist children, adolescents, and adults with understanding their personal strengths and limitations in academic, learning, and other areas. With a thorough psychoeducational evaluation, areas where appropriate accommodations as afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be recommended for schools, testing boards, and colleges.
This type of evaluation requires information to be collected from a variety of sources, including parental report, child report, and teachers' reports. The process involves time spent face-to-face, including a clinical interview, psychological testing and the gathering of historical data. Data from psychological tests is analyzed within a context, integrating both current and historical information. The historical information typically includes information about development, medical background, education, family, substance abuse, personal interests and relationships. Psychological tests include standardized tests as well as self-report questionnaires.
Tests are administered, interpreted and integrated with your intake and collateral information in a written report with Dr. Korey's diagnostic impressions and recommendations for treatment. These tasks require additional time above and beyond that which is spent in direct contact, and are necessary before any summary, letter, or report can be created. During the final step in the process, you will again meet with Dr. Korey so that she may provide feedback and provide you with a copy of your written report.
All complete psychoeducational assessments include the following:
- Intake session with parents/guardians (approximately 1 hour)
- All testing sessions necessary to include the following:
- Comprehensive intelligence testing
- Comprehensive academic testing in all areas
- Neuropsychological testing to assess auditory and visual memory, processing speed, visual motor, visual perception skills, phonological processing skills, and computerized attention evaluation
- Behavioral and social/emotional assessment
- Comprehensive written report
- Feedback session to review results, discuss recommendations, and recieve written report (approximately 90 minutes)
How do I know if my child needs a psychoeducational assessment?
You or your child may need a psychoeducational assessment because you were referred by your pediatrician, physician, school, or other concerned professional. Personal referrals are usually generated when there is a noticeable change in daily functioning and may be related to behavior or personality, difficulties or strengths in academics, or social/relational problems. Below are some of the concerns for which children are typically referred:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Executive Functioning concerns
- Learning Disabilities
- Behavioral Problems
- Social Problems
- Emotional Problems (Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, etc.)
- Eligibility for the Gifted Program
- Learning/Processing Problems
- Parent-Child Relational Problems
- Psychological Factors Associated with Medical Conditions (PANDAS/PANS)
What does the evaluation process look like?
Dr. Korey will work with you and the referral source to determine the specific referral question or presenting problem. An intake interview with you and your child will be completed and appropriate tests will be selected. Tests can include intelligence, achievement, cognitive functioning, memory, and motor functioning measures. The choice of tests used depends upon the question to be answered. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as Learning Disability evaluations require collateral contacts, educational, and/or medical records.
What to expect during the assessment process?
Before the day of testing:
- Prepare your child by letting them know what the day will look like.
- Try to avoid using the word testing, as this can often make a child unnecessarily nervous. Explain that children learn in different ways and that the tasks they will be doing will help parents and teachers understand how they best learn.
- Let your child know that they will be meeting with the examiner alone.
- The testing process involves a variety of tasks, including drawings, puzzles, building with blocks, questions, and tasks like reading and math. Your child will be challenged, but will also have fun with some of the tasks.
The day of the assessment:
- Similar to testing that occurs at school, make sure your child gets good rest and eats a good breakfast.
- When making the appointment, Dr. Korey will give an estimated time for the day of testing. Depending on the type of evaluation, age, and referral question, testing process takes anywhere between 2-8 hours to complete.
- Most test sessions begin in the morning starting with an interview. Whenever possible, testing will be completed in one day, but in some circumstances testing is best completed over two days to assure your child's optimal functioning and performance.
- Breaks are taken for restroom or snack as needed to avoid fatigue.
- Please bring healthy snacks and drinks that your child likes.
- Arrive early to familiarize your child with the space and examiner.
- For children 8 and younger, it is required for parents to stay in the waiting room for the duration of testing.
- For children over 9, parents can leave at their discretion and provide a number where they can be immediately reached in case of emergency.
After the assessment:
- Test results will be scored, interpreted, and integrated into a report within 2-3 weeks.
- Parents return for a feedback session to review the testing results, discuss recommendations, and get their answers and concerns addressed.
- Feedback session typically lasts 60 minutes.
- We request that you come to the feedback session alone for children under the age of 12. If you plan to have your young child attend, please let Dr. Korey know ahead of time.
- Older children are expected to come and benefit from understanding their strengths and limitations.
- You will be provided with a written report during the feedback session.
- The report is a comprehensive write up of the testing results, specific recommendations tailored to your child's needs, and recommendations for accommodations when appropriate. Recommendations are geared to assist parents, teachers, and other professionals working with the child to help develop a plan to make your child successful.
- If parents wish to have their report shared directly with other professionals, a signed release of information will be required.
How much does the evaluation cost?
The cost for a full assessment is determined by the total number of hours required by the psychologist to complete the full evaluation process and includes testing time, as well as scoring, interpreting, writing up the results, and meeting with parents for the feedback session. Assessment fees range from $850 to $2800. A 50% payment is required on the day of testing, with the balance due at the feedback appointment. Accepted forms of payment include HSA, FSA, credit card, cash, or check. For more information about the fees and insurance, click here.
Dr. Korey is an in-network provider for Medicaid. Although Dr. Korey does not accept private insurance, your insurance company may reimburse you for a percentage of assessment or therapy fees as an out-of-network provider. Dr. Korey will submit claims electronically for reimbursement on your behalf. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check with your insurance company about Out-of-Network benefits.
When you call them, find out the answers to the following questions:
- Do I have "out of network" benefits?
- Are psychological services covered and what is the coverage amount?
- Is there a deductible and how much is it?
- What portion will be reimbursed?
- Is a referral needed from a primary care physician?
- If your insurance company requests a list of the tests being administered, Dr. Korey can provide that for you.