What is neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychological assessment is a method of assessing cognitive functioning based on your performance on objective, specialized tests. Different tests are used to evaluate specific functions (such as processing speed, problem solving, and working memory). The results of these tests are interpreted to determine strengths, weaknesses, and possible brain-related conditions.
What is neuropsychological evaluation? What is neuropsychological testing?
Though the terminology is different, these terms are both synonymous with neuropsychological assessment. Neuropsychological assessment may also be referred to as psychological assessment, psychological evaluation, or psychological testing. When academic accommodations are involved, the process is often referred to as psychoeducational assessment, psychoeducational evaluation, or psychoeducational testing.
Who is eligible for neuropsychological assessment?
Our team is available to provide services for children (ages 4 and older), adolescents, adults, and seniors.
How are you keeping your prices so much lower than other assessment services?
We work hard to keep our prices low by reducing our costs—which we accomplish by utilizing the most advanced and efficient testing processes possible—and passing those savings on to you. Our cutting edge technology allows us to increase efficiency by reducing the time needed to complete and process each assessment, while providing the highest quality services and reports available.
When can I schedule an assessment?
Our team strives to make scheduling as easy as possible. We provide a wide array of testing times, including evenings and weekends, so that you can have the opportunity to receive an assessment without missing school, work, or other weekday commitments.
How do I schedule an assessment?
Call us at (646) 828-6627 or fill out the form on our Contact page.
Are you covered by my insurance?
In accordance with our policy, assessment is always an initial out-of-pocket expense, even if your insurance company provides for some reimbursement. While most insurance companies do not cover testing as an in-network benefit, many insurance companies will reimburse you for a portion of the costs through your out-of-network benefits, if applicable. It is your responsibility to know the benefits and provisions of your insurance policy.
What kind of results do you provide?
We provide a comprehensive report, individually tailored and designed to provide a thorough understanding of the tests and how to interpret them. Most reports include: a description of the reason for referral to testing; background information; descriptions of the tests administered; test results and interpretations; a summary and conclusions; diagnostic impressions; and recommendations.
When can I expect to receive results?
In most cases, we are able to provide a full report within one week of the completion of an assessment.
What is the testing process like?
All of our assessments are designed to be efficient and customized, providing us with a holistic picture of your learning. A single assessment may consist of any number of tests and subtests, hand-picked to help us develop a full picture of your cognitive functioning. Individual tests and subtests can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the nature of the test. As such, your individual assessment could take a couple hours or require a couple of sessions over two days. All of these details will be discussed with you prior to beginning the testing process, and our team will work closely with you to arrange for an optimal and effective testing process.
Prior to the assessment, a testing administrator on our assessment team will contact you to discuss the details of the assessment, including the time, location, and anything that must be done to prepare you for the testing day. The administrator will work with you to determine the best plan for the timing of the assessment, including whether it should be done over the course of a day, or in smaller segments. Typically, this will depend on the type of assessment being done. The administrator will also discuss the best location for you, somewhere quiet, confidential, and comfortable. The administrator will also review any necessary preparations as needed.
On the day of the assessment, the test administrator from our team will meet you in the designated location and provide you with an overview of the plan for the assessment. Every assessment begins with a clinical interview to collect background information that may be pertinent to developing a holistic understanding of your functioning. The tests themselves are conducted using the most up-to-date methods. The majority of our tests are completed using iPads, but some utilize a laptop or other props. For most people, a neuropsychological assessment will be comprised of several brief subtests, which will take between 5 and 30 minutes each. You will be allowed to take breaks between subtests as needed, and the administrator will work with you to stay within the planned timing for the completion of the testing. Although you may not eat or drink during the tests, you may during the breaks between tests.
Should I schedule the testing in my home or somewhere else?
The only requirements for the testing space are that it is quiet, private, and comfortable, with a table and two chairs. We emphasize the importance of finding a testing environment that promotes the optimal testing experience. For some, this may be a room at home, but for others it is better to find a private space somewhere else (such as a school or local library). Our team can work with you to determine the best space for the assessment.
How can I prepare myself or my child for an assessment?
Because every assessment is customized, the preparation will vary from person to person. You will never be required to study any materials before coming to an assessment, but we may ask you to bring some materials with you, such as any previous neuropsychological assessment results, reports from schools, or other records as needed. Depending on the nature of the assessment, we will be able to recommend items that you may want to have with you for the process, like a water bottle or a packed lunch.
Why should I get a neuropsychological assessment for myself or my child?
We believe that understanding the way our minds work is fundamental to optimizing our abilities. Someone with great problem-solving skills but slow processing speed, for instance, might believe that they are incapable of solving complex tasks, but may actually perform above average when given extra time to complete the problem. A neuropsychological assessment not only provides you with insightful information about your cognitive function, but in some cases may be used as a psychoeducational evaluation to demonstrate that you meet the criteria for special accommodations (such as extra time for standardized tests or in school).
By understanding your cognitive functioning, you can identify and maximize your strengths, while addressing and minimizing the effects of your weaknesses. The comprehensive report that we will provide you at the end of your testing will clearly explain the findings of your assessment and provide detailed recommendations regarding special accommodations, treatment, and other follow ups as needed.
What other information should I gather before arranging for an assessment?
Prior to your assessment, we will ask you to fill out a set of intake materials to provide us with a basic overview of your history and an understanding of what you hope to learn from the assessment process. We will ask you to provide as much information as you can regarding medical and developmental history, such as medical and developmental records, school records, and any other assessment results, which will provide a more complete picture of your functioning to date. All of these materials will be included in the report provided to you at the conclusion of your assessment.
If your assessment is going to be used to apply for special accommodations in school or on standardized tests, we will require school records, other test reports or letters that document any previous learning or other problems, and a personal written statement detailing any past learning problems. If you have not received accommodations in the past or have not been previously diagnosed, a statement explaining your request for special accommodations will be required. The better documentation we have of your history and your need, the better we will be able to assemble a report that clarifies your need for certain accommodations.
How long will the assessment take?
All of our assessments are designed to be efficient and customized, providing us with a holistic picture of your learning. A single assessment may consist of any number of tests and subtests, hand-picked to help us develop a full picture of your cognitive functioning. Individual tests and subtests can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the nature of the test. As such, your individual assessment could take a couple hours or require a couple of sessions over two days. All of these details will be discussed with you prior to beginning the testing process, and our team will work closely with you to arrange for an optimal and effective testing process. The administrator will work with you to determine the best plan for the timing of the assessment, including whether it should be done over the course of a day, or in smaller segments. Typically, this will depend on the type of assessment being done.
How much will the assessment cost?
Because our assessments are highly personalized, the time and materials needed for the tests and subtests that comprise each assessment we administer can vary greatly from person to person. Charges are determined based on the composition of the assessment (i.e., which tests are used). As such, all rates are discussed with each client on an individual basis. Clients are asked to provide payment for all assessments at the time the services are rendered. We currently accept cash and check only.
Do you offer assessment services on the weekend?
We do our best to offer assessment services to fit your schedule. In some cases, this means scheduling a testing for the weekend. Our team will work with you to come up with the best possible arrangement for the testing time.
In what areas do you offer your services?
Our team is proud to offer assessment services in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island), New York State (Westchester County, Rockland County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Orange County, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Sullivan County, Ulster County, Delaware County, Greene County, Columbia County, Albany County, Rensselaer County, Schoharie County, Otsego County), Connecticut (Fairfield County, New Haven County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, Hartford County, Tolland County, Windham County, New London County), and New Jersey (Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County, Essex County, Union County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Warren County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Burlington County, Camdem County, Atlantic County, Gloucester County, Salem County, Cumberland County, Cape May County). Additionally, we may be able to travel outside these areas upon request.