When an educational evaluation is required...
A battery of tests is chosen which will best uncover the underlying problem(s). Usually a test battery consists of one or more measures of intelligence, one or more measures of general achievement, some diagnostic math and/or reading/spelling tests, measures of social, emotional, and/or behavioral development, as well as parent and teacher checklists, and any other assessment appropriate to the presenting problem. It is not unusual for a psychologist to include an assessment of ADHD, executive functions and/or neurological functions in a battery. A computer-based program, the IVA+ Plus, is helpful in diagnosing ADD and ADHD.
Recommendations for additional assessments by vision and hearing specialists, occupational and physical therapists, and/or a psychiatrist occassionally occur.
Fees are based upon multiple factors, including the anticipated length of tests and com[lexity of the issues at hand. We do not bill insurance companies but fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card.
How long will it take?
A conference is scheduled following the final testing appointment. During the conference, the test results are reviewed and a hypothesis is presented as to what is happening to that student. A report is then completed and mailed to the parents and/or school.