Psychological evaluations are a collaborative process to answer questions about you/your child. Individuals may seek a psychological evaluation for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons for seeking assessments are:
-- determine an appropriate diagnosis
-- establish eligibility for special education or 504 services
-- determine ADHD diagnosis and accommodations for college
-- get to the root of a particular behavioral, learning, or emotional problem
-- learn more about yourself or your child.
Evaluations can determine diagnoses, treatment, and educational programming for years to come. Due to their long-reaching impact, we encourage you to think of evaluations as an investment in you/your child’s future. Each assessment includes a written report summarizing the findings and for school-aged children, this report can be submitted to the school for consideration of accommodations or initiation of a special education evaluation. At TOPPS, doctoral level psychologists conduct all evaluations. Our staff have several years’ experience conducting evaluations. Our pricing reflects the high level of training and quality of our evaluations. Most assessments take between 5-10 hours of 1:1 time with the psychologist.
o Assessment Intake Interview - $360
During this 90min intake, you will provide developmental history and summarize current concerns. You and your psychologist will establish the goals for your assessment. After this initial session your psychologist will evaluate and compile a list of psychological tests that will be beneficial for the assessment and you will receive a proposal that will include an estimated cost of testing.
o ADHD Adult Testing - $600
The basic ADHD testing package includes 2-4 hours of testing and a 90min feedback session to discuss the findings. This package may also include rating scales to be completed by loved ones, roommates, or significant others. ADHD testing often requires emotional or academic assessment, which is included in this package.
o ADHD Adult Testing for Academic Accommodations - $1400
This testing package includes the required assessments to ensure a student can get accommodations in the university setting. Most universities require IQ, achievement, and cognitive assessments to rule out other factors influencing learning. The package includes 3-4 hours of testing, a 90min feedback session, and a comprehensive report requesting accommodations.
o ADHD Children & Adolescent Testing - $2000
The ADHD child testing package focuses on determining if a child or adolescent has ADHD and/or other comorbid conditions, as well as providing appropriate evidence to advocate for school services. This package includes interviews with parents, child, teachers, and other caregivers as appropriate. In addition, the assessment includes teacher rating scales, comprehensive academic testing, and a 90min feedback session with the parent/guardian. Testing typically takes 6-8 hours.
o Learning Disability Academic Testing - $2000
Academic testing will determine the presence of a learning disability, such as problems in reading, writing or math. The assessment includes teacher rating scales, comprehensive academic testing, as well as a 90min feedback session with parent/guardian. Testing typically takes 6-8 hours.
o Emotional Assessment - $1600
Emotional assessments are done to better understand the individual’s functioning across a variety of domains including emotions, behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and so on. This testing package can help determine diagnosis and treatment for the individual. The emotional testing package may take 4-5 hours depending on the tests required, and includes interviews with client, parent/guardian, teachers, etc. as well as a 90min feedback session.
o School Observations & Consultation - $250/hour
o Additional Feedback Sessions - $200/hour
Common evaluation questions:
Why does my child struggle with behavior at school but not at home? (or vice versa)
Does my child have a learning or attention related disorder, or are they lacking motivation to be successful?
What is the root cause of my child’s struggles in school?
I’ve been struggling with organization and attention all my life, and it is starting to catch up to me at work/school. Do I have ADHD?
Can my child receive 504 accommodations or special education services at school? (although schools typically conduct their own evaluations, they may choose to use a part of an outside evaluation. An independent assessment may expedite the evaluation process in obtaining services for your child. In addition, you can be sure that a highly trained professional is evaluating your child by using psychologists at TOPPS).
Timeline: Assessment reports will be completed no later than 30 calendar days of the final assessment session. We understand that families are eager for assessment results. Quality psychological reports take time and cannot be rushed. Testing typically takes between 5-10 hours of face-to-face time with you/your child. Our process includes a careful review of all potential diagnoses that could fit you/your child, a thorough written explanation and individually crafted recommendations. Thus, we are not able to promise that assessment results will be available prior to 30 days. We cannot honor requests to “rush” an assessment. Testing occurs during business/school hours and we are able to provide medical notes for absences. Children typically have to miss between 1-2 full days of school to complete the assessment.
Insurance: Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover psychological testing, and those that do will only reimburse a portion of the costs. We recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine benefits and get pre-authorization before scheduling an appointment. At TOPPS we do not accept insurance, but we are happy to provide you with a coded billing statement that you can file with your insurance company for reimbursement for seeing an out-of-network provider.
For more information about the nature of psychological assessments, please see American Psychological Association website.
Schedule a free consultation with a TOPPS psychologist today to discuss your evaluations needs!