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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I be assessed?
    You may choose to do an assessment if any one or more of the following apply to you or your child: difficulty with reading, writing, or math difficulty paying attention, following through on tasks, feeling restless, interrupting others, being forgetful, losing things. emotional problems, difficulty in maintaining relationships, or decision-making. difficult in social interactions, communication, and restricted repetitive behaviours significant problems are preventing you or your child from reach goals.
  • What does an assessment involve?
    An assessment varies depending on your or your child’s needs. For example, assessments can measure cognitive, emotional and educational functioning, processing, attention, memory, and personality. Our first session will involve a clinical interview to gather information about your or your child’s concerns, what questions you would like to be addressed by the evaluation, and informed consent. An assessment does not guarantee that you or your child will have a diagnosis. During the clinical interview, we can both decide if your psychologist is the best person to provide the services to you or your child. An assessment typically takes 12+ hours and includes the following: Clinical interview to obtain relevant history and information on strengths, concerns, and struggles. Screening - complete rating scales and review school report cards (if applicable). Formal testing may take place in 2-4 hour sessions. The specific testing will depend on the problems/concerns you describe during the clinical interview. Sometimes we may request for additional information or testing before drawing conclusions. Scoring, interpretation, and report writing. The written report is provided to you at the time of the feedback session. Feedback session to discuss and explain the test results, diagnostic impressions, and treatment recommendations.
  • How much does an assessment cost and what does the cost cover?
    An Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning disorder, or ADHD assessment costs $2200. An Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment costs $3500. We routinely assess for PTSD, anxiety, and depression as part of any of the above-mentioned assessments. You will receive a written report that includes strengths, weaknesses, recommendations, and accommodations, as applicable.
  • Payment
    The assessment can be paid in full at the time of the clinical interview. Alternatively, the assessment can be paid in three payments. For an Autism assessment the payment schedule is as follows: The first payment of $600 is due at the time of the clinical interview. During the interview you can decide if we are a good fit, or you may choose to discontinue the assessment after the clinical interview. In this case, you will pay only $600. The second payment of $2500 is due at the time of testing. The third payment of $400 is due at the time of the feedback session. For all other assessments the payment schedule is as follows: The first payment of $400 is due at the time of the clinical interview. During the interview you can decide if we are a good fit, or you may choose to discontinue the assessment after the clinical interview. In this case, you will pay only $400. The second payment of $1600 is due at the time of testing. The third payment of $200 is due at the time of the feedback session.
  • Insurance
    Payment is made directly to Vandana Psychological Services Prof. Corp., and you may submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement (if you are eligible). Some insurance policies will cover the cost of the assessment. Please check coverage with your insurance provider.
  • How long will the assessment take?
    The assessment typically takes 12+ hours. The report will be ready within 2-4 weeks after we receive all the rating scales, report cards, and all other relevant information. We do not issue the report without a feedback session; we think it is essential to convey the information directly to you and answer any questions you may have.
  • Who will have access to the assessment results?
    You will receive a copy of your assessment report. If a child is being assessed, the parent(s) will receive a copy of the assessment report. The assessment results will not be released to anyone without your or the parents written consent.
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