Does my child need an evaluation?
Evaluations can be an incredibly informative process for families, regardless of the outcome. Whether or not your child meets eligibility criteria is not always the most important question during an evaluation process, though it may be the reason that you originally reached out for help. It is important for Dr. Julie to better understand your (or your child's teachers) concerns so that she can see and support your and your child through this process, rather than seeing your child with "labels". Regardless of their learning style, all children need adults in their lives to support their challenges and nurture their strengths. Reach out for a consultation to see how Dr. Julie can help.
What are neuropsychological evaluations and how long do they take?
Neuropsychological assessments are an interesting and "detective like" look in to your or your child's functioning. Neuropsychological evaluations can be an excellent in-depth look to help you gain clarity. Assessment plans are developed at the initial consultation meeting, so that Dr. Julie can better understand your request for evaluation and outline an estimate for fees.
An evaluation process typically looks like this:
The evaluation typically includes an interview with the adult seeking an evaluation or parent(s) about the client's developmental and psychosocial history.
Following an additional interview with the patient or guardians, the observation is completed.
The testing a variety of hands-on activities which helps Dr. Julie better understand the client's strengths and areas of growth. This process can take anywhere from 4-12 hours divided over several dates.
The feedback session includes a comprehensive report of the results, recommendations, and guidance on how to best utilize your report.
What can I use an evaluation for?
In addition to better understanding needs, learning profiles, and how to best support learning, you may choose to use a psychoeducational report to:
Insurance and Payment
While Dr. Julie does not accept insurance, that doesn't mean your insurance company won't cover costs of her services. Sometimes, depending on your insurance and co-pays, you may pay more by using your insurance than not. You are strongly encouraged to reach out to your insurance company to learn more about in-network and out-of-network costs.
Example of savings without directly using insurance:
With insurance: A client may pay a $45 copay. They may also have a high deductible that needs to be met, meaning they would pay for the entire session even though they were “In Network”.
Without insurance: Many insurance companies offer reimbursement for “Out of Network” mental health services. A lot of clients found they were reimbursed for up to 80% of the fee.
If my fee is $170 for a session and a client is reimbursed at 80%, they would receive $136 from their insurance company. That is $34 cheaper than if they had to pay a $45 copay!
For an overview of service fees, click here.
I'm not sure if virtual services will work for me. How can that work?
Embracing our new world with Covid-19 has been challenging, to say the least. Dr. Julie is committed to bringing honest feedback to the process together - whether evaluations, consultations, or counseling. There is a chance that virtual services may not be a good fit for your needs. It may also be helpful to consider the value of early intervention for children in need (and perhaps even an outlet for your own stressors!). Much research suggests that there are still significant positive effects of participating in virtual services. Reach out and contact Dr. Julie to discuss the benefits of getting services now versus waiting to help determine what the best next steps are for your needs.
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