Psychological Assessments

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Psychoeducational History Consultations

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Providing comprehensive psychological assessments is a service that we provide at Talk-a-While by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Assessments are a way to provide testing with psychometric measures to assess if your child may suffer from a clinical mental health disorder such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Autism Spectrum Disorder traits; Depression; Anxiety; Bipolar Disorder; psychosis, etc. We also provide assessments to evaluate your child’s cognitive and academic abilities to assess whether your child may have a learning issue or could benefit from further accommodations at school or in the community.

In addition to assessment/testing, we also offer a service called Psychoeducational History Consultation where the Psychologist examines all school records and past testing results/reports and provides a recommendation on how to better support your child and/or adolescent.  

What is a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


Many parents are uncertain about what psychoeducational test results mean and what to do if their child has a Student Success Team (SST), 504 or comparable accommodation plan, or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

You may even suspect your child needs additional school support or additional psychoeducational testing to rule out other causes for academic/learning and emotional challenges at school but aren’t sure how to best present this suspicion to school personnel.

We provide Psychoeducational History Consultations to provide guidance and support in better understanding your child's historical record and testing results, and provide recommendations on what are the next steps.




How will I benefit from a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


The goals of a Psychoeducational History Consultation are to:

  • help you better understand your child’s/adolescent’s educational history testing results;
  • help you and any current or future treatment providers better understand your child’s challenges and strengths;
  • provide guidance in what further testing may be appropriate;
  • assist in possible therapy or treatment recommendations;
  • ensure your family can discuss the specific needs/challenges of your child during school-related meetings.




What does the Psychoeducational History Consultation process look like?


  1. a review of all school reports including psychoeducational evaluations, IEPs, SSTs, 504 plans, or relevant past records;

  2. a review of past report cards from teachers or special education teams;

  3. a review of any past medical, cognitive, or clinical reports that pertain to medical or other clinical conditions that may be affecting your child’s learning

​​Once all the information is gathered, reviewed, and interpreted, our psychologist will provide a report of their findings and recommendations. The report is designed to provide you with: (1) clarity around your child’s educational history, challenges, and strengths, and (2) clear recommendations for academic supports, medical or therapeutic services, and other interventions that may aid your child at home, at school, and in the community.




What is the cost of a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


The cost may vary depending on the complexity and number of documents reviewed and assessed; however, it generally ranges from 2 to 5 hours. The hourly rate for this service is currently $250.00.




Why would this consultation be helpful for me outside of what my school has already provided me?


While schools provide assessments/testing for students, parents often struggle in understanding the details of the testing results. There are also certain limitations that come with school testing that can delay the identification of additional challenges a child/adolescent may be facing but hasn't been identified.

Some limitations can include:

  • Some school assessors may have master’s degrees and are limited on certain measures they can use which may limit the type of testing conducted, and what is ultimately found;
  • Schools can screen for ADHD or ASD but they can not diagnose clinical disorders, so often the need for additional psychological testing may get lost in translation to parents. For example, school testing reports may contain language that refer to ADHD or Autism traits but it does not provide a formal diagnosis, which then leaves parents to not follow up on seeking a formal screening/diagnosis of these diagnoses
  • Schools are not able to identify severe autism, mood disorders, or psychosis disorders in students that have been deemed as having Emotional Disturbance and are placed in special day classes, which prevents these students from receiving appropriate therapeutic support without a formal diagnosis(es).

We believe consulting with a psychologist (outside of school) who understands assessment measures, testing results, and can identify other clinical disorders that may be affecting a child's/adolescent's learning/behavior is a critical tool for parents to utilize. We created this service line after hearing from parents that this is a needed service that isn't readily available.





Psychological Assessment

What is a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


Many parents are uncertain about what psychoeducational test results mean and what to do if their child has a Student Success Team (SST), 504 or comparable accommodation plan, or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

You may even suspect your child needs additional school support or additional psychoeducational testing to rule out other causes for academic/learning and emotional challenges at school but aren’t sure how to best present this suspicion to school personnel.

We provide Psychoeducational History Consultations to provide guidance and support in better understanding your child's historical record and testing results, and provide recommendations on what are the next steps.




How will I benefit from a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


The goals of a Psychoeducational History Consultation are to:

  • help you better understand your child’s/adolescent’s educational history testing results;
  • help you and any current or future treatment providers better understand your child’s challenges and strengths;
  • provide guidance in what further testing may be appropriate;
  • assist in possible therapy or treatment recommendations;
  • ensure your family can discuss the specific needs/challenges of your child during school-related meetings.




What does the Psychoeducational History Consultation process look like?


  1. a review of all school reports including psychoeducational evaluations, IEPs, SSTs, 504 plans, or relevant past records;

  2. a review of past report cards from teachers or special education teams;

  3. a review of any past medical, cognitive, or clinical reports that pertain to medical or other clinical conditions that may be affecting your child’s learning

​​Once all the information is gathered, reviewed, and interpreted, our psychologist will provide a report of their findings and recommendations. The report is designed to provide you with: (1) clarity around your child’s educational history, challenges, and strengths, and (2) clear recommendations for academic supports, medical or therapeutic services, and other interventions that may aid your child at home, at school, and in the community.




What is the cost of a Psychoeducational History Consultation?


The cost may vary depending on the complexity and number of documents reviewed and assessed; however, it generally ranges from 2 to 5 hours. The hourly rate for this service is currently $250.00.




Why would this consultation be helpful for me outside of what my school has already provided me?


While schools provide assessments/testing for students, parents often struggle in understanding the details of the testing results. There are also certain limitations that come with school testing that can delay the identification of additional challenges a child/adolescent may be facing but hasn't been identified.

Some limitations can include:

  • Some school assessors may have master’s degrees and are limited on certain measures they can use which may limit the type of testing conducted, and what is ultimately found;
  • Schools can screen for ADHD or ASD but they can not diagnose clinical disorders, so often the need for additional psychological testing may get lost in translation to parents. For example, school testing reports may contain language that refer to ADHD or Autism traits but it does not provide a formal diagnosis, which then leaves parents to not follow up on seeking a formal screening/diagnosis of these diagnoses
  • Schools are not able to identify severe autism, mood disorders, or psychosis disorders in students that have been deemed as having Emotional Disturbance and are placed in special day classes, which prevents these students from receiving appropriate therapeutic support without a formal diagnosis(es).

We believe consulting with a psychologist (outside of school) who understands assessment measures, testing results, and can identify other clinical disorders that may be affecting a child's/adolescent's learning/behavior is a critical tool for parents to utilize. We created this service line after hearing from parents that this is a needed service that isn't readily available.





Psychoeducational history consultation