Screenings & Assessments

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Neuropsychological Testing?

Neuropsychological Testing can:

  1. Determine a diagnosis of dyslexia (if necessary)
  2. Determine cognitive/learning strengths
  3. Determine learning needs such as:
    • school placement
    • accommodations and modifications
    • educational services outside of school
    • necessary tools and technology
    • other supplemental services

What is the difference between School Assessment and Neuropsychological Assessment?

The major differences between School and Neuropsychological Assessments is depth and cost.

  • A school assessment takes place through a public school district and is typically free to the family
  • A private neuropsychological assessment takes place through a clinical psychologist in order to determine diagnosis and rule out other possible issues. For example, this testing will identify and diagnose dyslexia if present. A requesting family will typically be responsible for any cost associated with this testing.

Each of these series of tests differ in depth, results, and subsequent recommendations.

What questions should I ask when choosing an evaluator?

While your specific set of needs and circumstances will determine a personal set of questions, use these as a guide to help you determine the best evaluator for your child.

  1. What is his/her training? Does she or he specialize in learning and attention issues or is his/her practice more general?
  2. What kinds of tests will she be using? How will she or he decide which tests to use?
  3. Is he/she a good listener? Does she return your calls and is he/she willing to become a part of your child’s team?
  4. Does he/she take time to learn as much about your child’s home life s her school life?
  5. Does he/she have a good rapport not only with you, but with your child?
  6. Is he/she interested in communicating with your child’s teachers and learning specialist?

What is Child Find Mandate?

The Child Find Mandate requires all school districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities. This includes children in private schools, parochial schools, and home schools.

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