Testing

Psychological Testing

Western Connecticut Behavioral Health, LLC, provides psychological testing for young children, children adolescents, and adults. These evaluations can provide you and your providers with diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations. The test protocol is individually tailored to best match each person's needs. Testing batteries frequently include instruments from an array of content areas, including cognitive, social/emotional, behavioral/adaptive, and neurological domains. The evaluator will also collect information from a variety of sources, including parents, school, physician, and outside providers. The testing report will provide diagnostic clarification and easy to read recommendations. Recommendations may discuss services, treatment, educational recommendations and/or placement evaluations.

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What to expect from psychological testing

Each psychological testing battery is specialized to the individual’s needs and abilities. Therefore, we are unable to provide exact details about the length of testing. Typically, testing appointments are anywhere from 3-6 hours and most people attend 2-3 appointments. We ask that parents bring small snacks and drinks for during the testing appointments. We will provide individuals with breaks as needed throughout the testing process.

Parents are required to remain in the waiting room during all appointments for minor children. Parents will be completing paperwork while the child is meeting with the evaluator.

For children under 12 years of age, we typically have the parent(s) attend an initial diagnostic interview appointment without the child. At this appointment, the evaluator will gain important information about the child’s developmental history and current problems. When the child attends his or her first appointment, the evaluator will complete a shorter intake interview with the child.

As children spend a significant part of their day at school with teachers, we value what the child’s teacher has to say about your child’s school functioning. As such, we will complete releases of information so that we can talk with the school teacher. In addition, we will provide the parent(s) with protocols for the school teacher to complete. These protocols can be mailed directly back to us for inclusion in the final evaluation report.

We will complete releases of information for all of the child’s providers, including school, pediatrician, therapist, and psychiatrist (if applicable). Please come prepared for the first appointment with the names and contact information for all providers.

After we have completed all of the face to face testing, there is additional information that we must gather and collect from collateral sources. We will then score and analyze all of the psychological testing data prior to writing a psychological evaluation report. These reports are quite in depth and include the individual’s history, presenting problem, all tests administered, diagnosis, and recommendations. As such, a typical report will take approximately 6-8 weeks to write from the conclusion of the psychological testing. We will call families to schedule the report review appointment. At this phone call, we can discuss if it makes sense for just the parents to come or if the child should also be present to hear the findings.

Paying for your psychological evaluation

We accept a number of insurances for psychological testing. All insurance companies use the term “medical necessity” to determine if psychological testing is a covered service under the individual insurance plan. Most plans clearly state that they will not cover services that are strictly for diagnosing educational problems, such as learning disabilities, or Court-mandated services, such as related to divorce or child custody.

We will gather insurance information from you during our first conversation and at the first appointment to help determine if the psychological evaluation will be covered under insurance.

While we will work closely with your insurance company to determine coverage prior to the evaluation, there are times when the evaluation either in part or full will not be covered. In those cases, the family will be responsible for paying the difference in testing cost.

If you will be paying for the psychological evaluation “out of pocket,” the cost of the evaluation must be paid in full prior to the report review appointment. Typically, families will pay for half of the evaluation at the first appointment and the second payment will be made at the final testing appointment.

Assessment Services

Educational Evaluations

Educational evaluations are performed when parents and/or school staff are concerned about a child’s school functioning, and are in need a more thorough assessment of factors impacting daily academic performance. Testing can be completed for children in Pre-K through college ages, and depending on the referral concerns, is tailored to assess for the likelihood of specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, as well as nonverbal learning disability, language impairment and other processing specific difficulties that impact a student’s overall functioning. Learn More 

Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological assessment is conducted when they are experiencing difficulty in their daily functioning, but their areas of concern are perhaps somewhat unclear. Some individuals feel that they are not thinking as clearly as they should, learning as efficiently as possible, or are experiencing other thinking-related difficulties. Neuropsychological testing can be completed with individuals ages 3 and up, through adulthood. Learn More 

ADHD Testing

Both children and adults can be referred for evaluation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Our clinic’s focus is to assess levels of focus, attention, and executive functions, all of which impact an individual’s performance related to work/school, in social interactions, and when performing other life responsibilities. Learn More 

Autism Evaluations

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  is defined as having persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across a variety of contexts. Individuals with autism have deficits in social-emotional interactions and nonverbal communication. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder since individuals with this diagnosis have a range of symptoms across a spectrum. Learn More 

Clinical Evaluation Consultation

Often we are contacted by families where the child has already completed testing either by the school or in the community. Unfortunately, the reports can be full of psychological jargon and difficult to understand. They often leave additional unanswered questions about what the next steps should be. We can assist you in reviewing these previously completed evaluations and assist you in determining the next steps for your child, such as additional assessment in the community or at school. We can then assist you in determining if we recommend that the family request a PPT from the school to get accommodations for your child.