How do I get started with testing?
- • Please call our office to discuss scheduling an appointment, or your doctor/therapist may complete a referral online and we will contact you.
- • We will send a packet of information including consent forms to you by email. Once this packet is returned, we will contact you to schedule your intake appointment.
What does the testing process look like?
- • We start the process by having an intake via telehealth with you (or with parents for minor children).
- • We then schedule testing appointments for you (or your child.) Typically, appointments last for three hours and begin either at 9:30 am or 1:30 pm. On average, evaluations require two testing appointments of three hours each. However, there are times when the testing may take a third appointment. In addition, the appointments sometimes do not take all three hours. With younger children, we find that three hours may be too long, so we may recommend ending early.
- • If applicable, we will send testing materials to your child’s teacher to complete so we can learn more about his/her functioning at school.
- • After the evaluation is completed, we will meet with you over telehealth for a feedback session where the results will be discussed and a draft report is reviewed. After the feedback, the evaluator will finalize the report and a copy will be sent to you via email and/or mail. The feedback will only include adults as it may not be appropriate for the minor child.
How do I explain the purpose of the evaluation to my child?
- • We find it is important to share some limited information with your child. For instance, you should share the name of the provider and the fact that you have already met with the provider for an interview.
- • You may want to share some information about the provider, such as that the evaluator is a doctor who helps with your emotions or can help figure out what assistance you may need at school.
Why are all of the testing appointments during daytime hours?
- • We find that daytime hours work best for most children and adults to perform to the best of their ability. Therefore, all testing appointments are during the day.
- • We will provide you with an excused absence letter if requested.
What am I doing while my child is in the evaluation room?
- • WCBH requires an adult be present in the waiting room for the entirety of the appointment whenever evaluating a minor child. If possible, we prefer a parent; however, we understand that this may not always be possible. If so, please let us know at the intake appointment and we will arrange this with you.
- • While your child is in the appointment, you will be completing forms. We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible and therefore we have made the switch to using a tablet for forms whenever possible. However, there are certain materials that are not available on a tablet and therefore paper forms may be provided.
Who will WCBH speak to as part of the evaluation?
- • Interview parents for minors
- • Patient minor interview
- • Collaterals, including but not limited to, therapists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, doctors, teachers.
How long does the testing process take?
- • After you and/or your child worked hard to complete forms, surveys, interviews, and psychological testing, we need to work hard to score, interpret, and write up your and/or your child’s results.
- • The report writing process usually takes about six to eight weeks from the last day of testing. At your last appointment, we will discuss scheduling a feedback session with you.
What can I expect from my report?
- • The evaluation report includes a variety of sections.
- • Typically, the report starts with information about you and/or your child, including family history, educational/employment history, and medical/mental health history.
- • The report then discusses you and/or your child’s functioning during the assessment process.
- • Results of the various assessment tools will be provided along with interpretation of all significant results.
- • At the conclusion of the report, there will be a summary and all applicable diagnoses will be given.
- • The report will then discuss treatment recommendations for home, school, and the community.