What should we bring with us to the appointment?

Please bring all of the completed forms that have been mailed home to you with your confirmation letter packet. Also bring with you any relevant records that may be helpful in our evaluation of your child. These may include previous testing reports, educational records (including Individualized Education Program, progress reports and report cards), and any relevant medical records. Also, please make sure that your child is dressed comfortably and has a sweater in case he or she is cold in the office. You may also bring some snacks with you if you feel your child will need them during breaks.

What should I tell my child about the evaluation and what should he or she expect on the day of testing?

In general, you should provide a brief and age appropriate reason for the assessment. Dr. Bronk often explains to children that she want to see how they learn so she can make school easier for them or to have them struggle less with homework, for example. It is important to remind them that they are not expected to ‘pass’ any tests but, rather, will be asked to do their best so that Dr. Bronk can have a better understanding of how they learn. Your child can expect to spend 1 to 3 hours over several sessions working with Dr. Bronk on a number of activities that may include drawing, puzzle-like tasks, answering questions, completing school related activities (e.g., reading, math problems), and filling out questionnaires (for older children). Most children find the majority of the tasks interesting and challenging, although a few may be boring or difficult. You may reassure your child that he/she will be given breaks when they want to make them feel comfortable.

At what age should a neuropsychological evaluation be performed?

There are age appropriate tests for children and adolescents of all ages. Therefore, a child of any age may be evaluated. The timing of your child’s evaluation will depend on the issues to be addressed in the assessment. Dr. Bronk will discuss the optimal age of assessment for your child’s specific needs with you.

Does NDH participate in any insurance panels?

All evaluations are fee-for-service. Clients or the child’s caregiver will be provided with all of the necessary information to submit for reimbursement to their insurance company. You are responsible for submitting your own insurance forms. Please contact NDH for further information regarding evaluation fees.

Will my insurance company pay for the evaluation?

Most health insurance companies will not pay for psychological or neuropsychological evaluations that address primarily academic, educational or legal concerns. However, neuropsychological evaluations are often covered when there is a history of a medical or neurological condition (e.g. brain injury, seizure, loss of consciousness). Further, many insurance companies will cover some or all of an evaluation that is performed to help physicians to better understand cognitive change (e.g. the reason for decline in memory, attention, or problem solving skills).

How frequently should a neuropsychological evaluation be performed?

In general, your neuropsychological evaluation results will be helpful for several years. NDH recommend updates approximately every three years (as long as they are needed), although a comprehensive evaluation may not be necessary. Brief evaluations may also be recommended sooner to assess the effects of recommended interventions.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of the evaluation?

NDH does not have a billing department. Therefore, NDH does not bill your insurance directly. At your request, NDH will provide you with a superbill that contains all of the information necessary (including diagnosis, dates of service and type of service rendered) for you to submit to your health insurance provider to seek reimbursement for any payments made. It is your responsibility to check with your carrier to see if there are specific guidelines or necessary authorization prior to the evaluation.

What will be done to protect my privacy?

NDH is dedicated to protecting your privacy and take great care in protecting sensitive information. NDH will release reports to other parties (such as your school/employer or other clinician) only after obtaining your permission. Please note an exception to our privacy efforts in the rare cases where Dr. Bronk feels that you or someone else is in danger. Psychologists are mandated by law to report to appropriate agencies if they suspect that an individual (especially a minor) shows evidence of abuse, is in danger of imminent physical injury to himself or to others, and in response to subpoenas, court order, or other legal proceedings or statutes requiring disclosure. Please ask Dr. Bronk if you have any specific questions or concerns.

What happens after the evaluation is completed?

A feedback session is scheduled following the completion of the evaluation to go over all of your testing results with you. Following this feedback session, you will receive a written report that summarizes all of the test results, our interpretation, and recommendations.

How many sessions will be necessary?

A psychological evaluation takes place typically in one session. A neuropsychological evaluation may include 2 or 3 sessions. Sometimes more, shorter sessions are required, depending on the individual’s ability to tolerate long testing sessions, and the nature of the referral questions.