A Typical Evaluation
A complete evaluation typically begins with an initial meeting (in the case of
children and adolescents, this meeting is held with the parents), followed by
the testing, and finally, a feedback meeting after the testing. The
initial meeting is an opportunity to obtain necessary background information.
This includes a history of the concerning symptoms; medical, developmental,
school, occupational, peer relationship, and psychiatric history; and relevant
family history. As needed, I will also review previous evaluations, medical,
psychiatric, and school reports, and speak with professionals (e.g, teachers,
therapists) involved in your or your child's care. At the end of this first
phase, we will determine the appropriate type of evaluation.
Depending on the type of evaluation your child is having, we will need 1-4
sessions to complete the testing. Adult evaluations are generally
completed in 1-2 sessions. After the testing is completed, I will score all the
tests and prepare a written report, containing the test results,
interpretations, and recommendations. This includes descriptive information
about your (or your child’s) performance and abilities; diagnostic impressions,
where appropriate; and practical suggestions for school, work, and counseling
supports, where needed. This may also involve referrals to other
professionals or services. You will automatically receive a copy of the report.
If you have requested that I send the report to other sources, I will do so at
the same time. The report will go only to you unless you request otherwise. (The
exception to this is if a third party, such as a school, is paying for the
evaluation. In this type of situation, the third party is entitled to a copy of
the report and you will need to give permission for them to receive it.)
I find that most people prefer to receive a copy of the report, have a chance to
read over the results, and then come in to discuss them and ask questions that they
may still have. I encourage people to call me to set up a feedback session once
they have received the report. This is an opportunity for us to make sure that all
your concerns, and any new issues, are addressed.