The Assessment Process

Initial Intake Consultation/ Interview

The initial intake consultation is meant to collect more information about your child or yourself so that we can tailor the assessment to answer any questions you have regarding yourself or your child's development, cognitive functioning, and/or areas of cognitive concern.

Parent/caregivers will be interviewed to better understand you or your child’s developmental, medical, family, and educational history. With your permission, your child’s teachers, therapist, or medical team may also be interviewed and may be asked to complete questionnaire to gain better understanding of your child's mood and behavior in different settings. The interview is about 1.5 hours. See below for a list of forms and medical record uploads that will need to be completed prior to the inital intake.

Testing Session(s)

This involves using standardized (highly structured) tests to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses and how these may impact school or work performance and behavior. In young children, these tests measure developmental levels for thinking, motor, and language skills.

  • For infants and toddlers, you will be with your child throughout the assessment.
  • For children age 4 and up, testing is typically conducted without you in the room.
  • Testing is not invasive. There are no shots, blood work, or devices hooked up to your child. Testing looks a lot like school based activities (answering questions, looking at pictures, drawing, building items, reading, writing, and math).
  • The assessment involves anywhere from an hour of testing (for infants) to approximately 5 hours for older children and adults. The testing is often conducted during one day; however, sometimes we need to spread the session out over several days.

Feedback

A feedback meeting (virtual) is scheduled for 2-4 weeks after the testing appointment, and can be schedule at the time of assessment. During this meeting, we review the results of your child’s testing, any new diagnoses, and our recommendations. When a child has a neurological condition, we will also discuss what is known about strengths, weaknesses, and prognosis in this condition. All of this information will be summarized in a written report

Consultations

After the assessment process is complete, follow-up consultations are available on an as needed basis for an additional fee. Most families will have their questions answered during the feedback session. Should the family continue to have other questions after the feedback session, families are welcome to schedule an additional consultation appointment. Other consultation services may include participation in subsequent meetings (e.g., IEP meetings), contact with other providers, phone calls, additional letters of support, and additional adolescent feedback sessions.

Telehealth

The initial intake and feedback sessions are conducted via telehealth using a HIPPA-compliant videoconferencing platform to improve connection safety and security. The testing session(s) will be completed in-person. Depending on your child’s concerns, telehealth may be considered for parts of testing; this will be discussed prior to starting testing.

Re-evaluation

Serial assessments (typically each year or two) can be used to help monitor your child’s development over time and determine if supports are working effectively. During the feedback session, we will discuss how frequently your child/yourself should be assessed.