How do I schedule an evaluation?
New clients can either contact us through the website or directly by telephone (972-646-2722, extension 4). One of our diagnosticians will be in touch to discuss your concerns and determine whether or not testing will meet your needs.
What are your office hours?
Office hours vary by diagnostician. Individual diagnosticians schedule their own appointments (testing and feedback). There are limited Saturday appointments during the school year with Jo Lynn or one of our associate
How long is the evaluation appointment?
Since each evaluation is individualized, the time required will vary from two to six hours. The diagnostician will discuss the testing time needed prior to setting up your testing appointment.
Do I need to stay for testing?
You are not required to remain in our office while your child is being tested; however, you are welcome to wait for your child in our reception area. Parents do not typically accompany their children to the testing room. Our new office is located just one block off the square in downtown McKinney, so you may choose to spend time browsing the shops or return to work/home while they are working with us.
What should we bring with us to the testing appointment?
You will not need to provide anything, other than the paperwork we send to you when we set up your child’s evaluation. We will provide addressed envelopes to return paperwork prior to the appointment, or you can bring it with you to the evaluation. When we send information for your child’s teacher, we will also include envelopes to make it easy to return to our office. We do ask that you give the paperwork to the teachers and they can return it at their convenience.
On the day of testing, we have water bottles and snacks in our office. If your child has an allergy or food preference, you are welcome to send a snack with them to the testing appointment.
How do I prepare my child for the evaluation?
Students are often anxious about the testing process. Please explain they will be doing some work to find out their academic strengths and weaknesses in order to make parents and the school aware of any extra support they may need. There are test items that will be difficult, but when things become too challenging, that probably means they have not learned it yet, and that is “okay”!
Do you test for dyslexia?
Yes, reading is thoroughly covered in our psycho-educational battery. We do not separate dyslexia testing from the full battery.
At what age can you diagnose dyslexia?
Students need to be in the first grade before an “official” diagnosis can be made. Prior to that time, testing can be used to identify pre-cursors to dyslexia, but more testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis once the students are in the first grade and capable of being assessed in all areas of reading.
Do you test for dysgraphia?
Yes, dysgraphia (a writing disorder that impacts the functionality of a students’ writing skills) is incorporated into our full psych-educational battery.
Our tutor has suggested our child may qualify for accommodations on the ACT and SAT. Does your testing qualify for documentation?
These institutions typically require two things:
1) Current (within three years) documentation of a disability—The psycho-educational battery satisfies this requirement.
2) Confirmation the student has been receiving the accommodation(s) requested in the school setting. The school provides this documentation.
What can I expect after testing?
You can expect answers to the questions that prompted the evaluation. Within one to two weeks after testing, you will meet with the diagnostician to review the findings, discuss the test results, and talk about the recommendations based on the evaluation. Parents are given a detailed written report with the information above clearly spelled out that can be shared with educators. The report also includes relevant recommendations for home and school personnel. Our goal is to equip parents with an action plan based on testing, which may include outside resources. We allow enough time during the feedback to review the test results and answer parent questions. Older students are welcome to attend the feedback or a separate conference can be scheduled for a fee. Feedbacks typically run 1 ½ to two hours.
How do I pay for the evaluation?
Fees may be paid for with Cash, Check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). One half of the testing fee is requested at the time of testing; the balance can be paid at the time of the feedback. Reports cannot be released unless your testing is paid for in full.
Do you require a deposit to secure a testing appointment?
Yes, as of September 2017, we will require parents to put down a deposit for their students testing appointment. The fee for appointments scheduled on Saturday, any day during summer break or a school holiday (Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Break, MLK, President’s Day, Spring Break, Good Friday, Good Monday, or Memorial Day) will be $250 to hold the appointment. All other appointments made during the regular school year will be $150. A deposit is NOT required for Private School Admissions testing.
Do you take insurance?
No, we are Fee for Service providers, and therefore we do not accept insurance and we are not affiliated with any insurance plans. However, your insurance provider may reimburse you for some portion of your testing. If reimbursement is important, you will need to contact your insurance company before you schedule your testing appointment. Please ask if they will cover the cost of a psycho-educational evaluation. The procedure code is CPT: 96102 (testing conducted by a technician). We will provide a detailed receipt with the CPT and applicable diagnosis codes when your account is paid in full.
Do you offer tutoring services?
No, however, we are able to provide referrals for tutors, reading specialists and other academic specialists.