- What is the youngest age that can be tested?
Dr. Norman-Wilson will test kindergartners although parents should recognize that cognitive scores are not typically stable until around age six.
- How long does testing take?
Depending on the age and type of assessment requested, testing can take as few as four hours to as many as eight hours. Younger children do best when the assessment process is broken down into several sessions, but a final recommendation will be made after the free initial consultation.
- Testing at your public school
Parents are entitled to request that their home school district complete an evaluation at no cost to determine if a disability presents itself and to determine if the need for special education services is required for the student to receive a free, appropriate public education. Public schools are required to consider outside evaluations but have no obligation to accept them as a source for disability services.
A private evaluation can be used for all students to help determine a thorough look at cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, learning style, and targeted interventions.
- What does the testing process look like?
In a typical full testing battery, the process would encompass the following steps:
- Initial free phone consultation with the parent to define purpose and scope of the evaluation. Outside information, such as parent and school input, is requested at this time.
- Schedule and complete testing sessions, the number of which is determined by the student and family needs
- A concluding consultation is held with the parent to go over the report’s test results and meanings, implications, and recommendations. This meeting will take approximately 1-1.5 hours in order to address all questions.
- The school talks about Cross Battery. What is that?
Cross battery is an assessment method that uses portions of different testing instruments in order to gain more targeted information on a student’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses. It is based on extensive research in learning, and the interpretations aid in the determination of a specific learning disability. Dr. Norman-Wilson has provided staff development in this area.
- What kinds of interventions will be provided?
Interventions will be based on current research and are targeted for the student’s learning profile that emerges from assessment data.
- What is the cost of testing?
Assessment costs are dependent on the scope of the evaluation. Final costs are determined at the conclusion of the initial consultation.
- Full psychoeducational evaluation including cognitive and achievement $1200
- Full psychoeducational evaluation with classroom observation $1300
- Full psychoeducational evaluation with dyslexia testing $1500
- Cognitive only evaluation $800
- Achievement only evaluation $700
- Dyslexia only assessment $500
- Additional consultations are billed at $100 per hour
- For additional testing options not listed, please call the office at 972-742-5307
- How is billing completed?
One half the total cost is due at the start of the first testing session. The last 50% of the total cost is due prior to receiving the final report.
- What payments are accepted?
Cash or check are currently accepted as methods of payment.
- Does insurance cover the cost of testing?
This practice is a Fee for Service Provider and as such does not accept or bill insurance companies. You may want to explore whether or not your insurance will reimburse you for a Psychoeducational Evaluation prior to making an appointment. The Current Procedural Terminology code is CPT 96102, and the appropriate paper work can be provided for you if known at the time of the initial consultation.
CONSULTATION WITH PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS
- Are you available for consultations with my child’s school?
Dr. Norman-Wilson will work with professionals in the school setting at the parent’s request and can work as a liaison between parent and school regarding assessment findings and recommendations.
- Will you work as an advocate for us in special education meetings?
Educational Evaluations is not an advocate professional but is more than happy to act as an educational consultant for parents who are trying to navigate the often confusing world of special education.
TESTING FOR DISORDERS OTHER THAN LEARNING DISABILITIES
- Will you diagnose ADHD?
Although behavior rating scales can be administered, school settings will want a medical professional’s opinion before considering this as a disability. Referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or pediatrician is frequently the best option.
- What about diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Dr. Norman-Wilson will be able to provide the cognitive and achievement portion of an evaluation, but a psychologist and speech therapist are needed to complete this type of assessment. Referrals are routinely made in these instances.
- Why is a dyslexia assessment different from an achievement assessment?
In Texas, dyslexia is a separate disorder from special education reading disabilities. Those types of assessments look more deeply into areas that would commonly develop the hallmark signs of dyslexia such as varied types of rapid naming and phonological awareness.