Accuracy: Diagnostic evaluations provide a more thorough examination of a condition compared to a simple interview. Interviews, records reviews, observations, and test data are utilized to ascertain a more definitive diagnosis.

Proper Treatment: As with physical illnesses, appropriate treatment begins with a proper evaluation and subsequent diagnosis. Do not waste time going to a therapist who is providing random treatment without an accurate understanding of the diagnosis and its supported treatment. 

Education: Some diagnoses, particularly those that impact a student's education, require a thorough evaluation that includes psychological test data. Many neurodevelopment disorders (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as acquired cognitive disorders (e.g., Mild Neurocognitive Disorder) generally require formal cognitive assessment.

Time Involved: Evaluation time varies by age and specific referral questions. No more procedures are utilized than are necessary to answer the referral question. Testing can begin as young as 2 1/2 years of age to determine intellectual deficits and learning delays. 

Typical Fee Schedule Without Educational Concerns:  

                  1  hour interview

                  2  hours testing (including scoring time)

                  1   hour records review and report time

Typical Fee Schedule With Educational Concerns:

                   1 hour interview

                   4 hours testing (including scoring time)

                   1 hour records review and report time

Fee: $150/hour 

        Free brief feedback session is provided

Reasons for Diagnostic Evaluation:


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