What Is It?
Psychoeducational or Psychological Evaluations consists of an individualized assessment designed to determine the child/adult’s specific strengths and needs and to yield information regarding the individual’s current levels of functioning. Depending upon the reason for referral, the following areas may be assessed: intelligence (IQ), academic achievement, personality, social-emotional, behavior and mental status. Referrals may come from a variety of sources, including parents, adult clients, physicians, attorneys, school personnel, and other psychologists.
How do I know if I should pursue Psychological Evaluations?
Psychological evaluations may be appropriate if you suspect difficulties at school (e.g., learning disability, intellectual deficiencies, behavior problems), work, home/community, or court-related referrals. Evaluations can be completed for individuals of all ages (young children through adults). Psychological Evaluations may also be necessary to determine eligibility for specific special education supports, school and test accommodations, work-related assistance, insurance reasons, and to determine giftedness. You can clarify the need for an evaluation via discussion with your primary physician and/or staff at Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. Parents of school-age children have the option to pursue an evaluation through the school’s Child Study Team or may choose to have it completed privately.
What procedures or tests will be used?
The procedures will be carefully chosen based upon the reason for referral. Psychological evaluations may consist of at least several of the following: clinical interview with parent, child, and/or adult client; social-emotional and developmental history; behavior rating scales; intelligence (IQ) testing; academic achievement testing; personality testing; play-based assessment; school observation and teacher interview (as appropriate); figures drawings; and review of records.
What feedback will I receive?
Appropriate recommendations will be developed and shared with the parent and/or adult client. A formal, typed report will be provided following the evaluation. At a sharing/feedback conference, the results will be reviewed with the parent and/or adult client. The report will remain confidential and for professional use only unless the parent and/or adult client choose to share it with others.
What is the cost of a Psychological Evaluation?
The fee for psychological evaluations depends upon the type of evaluation needed, as well as the reasons for referral which will dictate the procedures administered and clinician’s time needed to administer, score, analyze, and interpret the procedures, as well as report writing, and additional consultations. We do have predetermined fee schedules for most evaluation referrals. Since people have different insurance companies, we cannot determine whether you may receive reimbursement for the evaluation. You are encouraged, therefore, to contact your own carrier to clarify the nature of your coverage. This can be discussed further with our staff.
How do I arrange Psychological Evaluations?
Schedule an appointment with the receptionist (732-873-1212). The duration of the evaluation will vary depending upon the number and type of procedures. Most evaluations can be completed within one day or two half-days.