Why do I need to include the educational consultation portion of the evaluation?

Beacon Assessment Center clinicians aim to comprehensively evaluate children in order to clarify diagnostic questions, as well as to include appropriate treatment recommendations. The educational portion of the evaluation is essential and inseparable from the neuropsychological portion of the comprehensive evaluation. In most cases, children with learning, developmental, or neurological disorders require special education […]

What is included in the educational consultation?

The educational portion of the neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological evaluations may include a review of educational history, review of current special educational plans and services (IEP/504), recent progress notes, and previous school test results. Also included in the educational consultation are administration of standardized academic test batteries (i.e., reading, math, and writing), review of teacher report […]

Does my insurance cover the cost of neuropsychological or neurodevelopmental evaluation?

In general, insurance companies may cover neuropsychological testing that is deemed “medically necessary.” This is determined on an individual basis by the insurance carrier. Beacon will make every effort to support a family by completing the pre-authorization paperwork if they seek to access their medical benefits for the evaluation. It is important to note […]

What is a Neurodevelopmental Evaluation & Educational Consultation?

A full evaluation consists of neuropsychological testing and educational assessment for children ages 6 through 18. This involves a thorough review of developmental and medical history, review of current services and educational programming, comprehensive testing across domains including intellectual functioning, academic performance, learning and memory, language and communication, as well as social and emotional domains.

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What is a Neurodevelopmental Assessment?

A comprehensive evaluation for toddlers, preschoolers, and early childhood which consists of a comprehensive evaluation across developmental domains including cognition, language and communication, visual spatial processing skills, and social emotional functioning.

What can I expect in the intake session?

For children above age three there are several steps in the evaluation process. The first step is called an intake. This session lasts typically 30 to 45 minutes and is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s clinician to discuss their concerns and ask questions about the assessment process. The intake session allows […]

What can a Neuropsychologist Evaluation tell me about my child?

Once the child’s learning and developmental profile is understood through the assessment process, individually tailored recommendations can be generated for direct interventions and supports at home and school to assist the child in functioning to reach their individual potential.

Results of the neuropsychological profile are often used to make specific diagnoses and to […]

What is the purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation?

The purpose of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is to provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s overall developmental profile including areas of strength and relative challenge. Parents should also expect to be supported in translating this understanding of a child’s functioning into a plan for helping their child with whatever challenges have prompted […]

Does the neuropsychologist prescribe medication?

No

What is a neuropsychologist?

A developmental neuropsychologist is a doctoral level psychologist who is a licensed psychologist and health service provider with particular training and expertise in the diagnosis and management of neurologically based developmental, learning, and behavioral disorders of childhood.