Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation
CPE Clinic, LLC provides comprehensive evaluations for students ages 5 to 25. Spending roughly 10 hours on each evaluation, our providers, led by Dr. Shannon Senefeld, use up-to-date, standard measures to develop a detailed profile of learning strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to understand how your child learns best and gain insight into how he processes information and handles tasks compared to other children of the same age.
Dr. Senefeld carefully reviews your child’s skills and abilities in many domains, including intellectual functioning and reasoning abilities, learning and memory, visual processing, listening comprehension and verbal expression, language, and executive skills like planning, organizing, and managing time and materials, attention, and concentration. These are the skills and abilities that are at the core of all aspects of academic achievement.
Reading, math and writing tests are administered to see what school skills your child has mastered. Dr. Senefeld carefully observes the approach to each task and any patterns of performance to see if a learning disability is affecting your child’s ability to demonstrate what they know. Dr. Senefeld doesn’t give every child the same tests, but rather uses her expertise of the assessment tools to develop a profile of each child’s individual learning strengths and weaknesses. She does use a core group of tests familiar to all educators for each child.
During our evaluation process, we also consider how your child is doing emotionally and how they are interacting with family members, friends, and classmates.
Our evaluations always include a thorough, user-friendly report that documents your child’s diagnosis and offers prioritized recommendations. We share the information and data we gather in a personal meeting and collaborate on a plan for successful learning.
After the evaluation and feedback are complete, Dr. Senefeld is available as a resource and for support to ensure your child is succeeding. For children with learning disabilities, we can offer resources in the community. Dr. Senefeld works closely with anxiety specialists, behavioral therapists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists who are on-site and available to provide additional services and treatment as needed.
What should my child do to prepare for a psychological evaluation?
Psychological testing can provide important information about the nature of a child’s learning strengths and challenges. Parents should know, however, that testing targets a child’s learning deficits, challenges him to perform tasks that are particularly difficult because of those deficits, and then recommends methods for compensating for those deficits. In many ways, it’s the paper-and-pencil test equivalent of a cardiac stress test. Therefore, it’s important to explain to your child that this is a test where the doctor expects you not to know all the answers. Your child should be well-rested and fed before testing begins. If your child takes medication regularly, please ensure the medication is taken the day of testing unless instructed otherwise.
How long does a comprehensive evaluation take?
Ultimately, this depends on the individual being evaluated. Typically, a full comprehensive evaluation will involve approximately 3-6 hours of face-to-face time with the doctor and the person being evaluated. The evaluation typically will include testing of intellectual and cognitive functioning, language development, all areas of academic achievement, memory skills, attention, concentration, and planning, as well as a review of how a child thinks and feels. Additional measures may be added including neuropsychological measures according to each individual child’s needs. Evaluation is usually scheduled over one to two days depending on the age of the child and the evaluation methods required. We understand that this is a long time for children to be out of school, so we make every effort to work with their schedules.
What if my child has already had an evaluation?
If your child has previously had an evaluation, the purpose of our evaluation may be to see how your child is progressing. Some children have had evaluations completed by their school district. We can review the prior evaluation and individualize testing to meet your child’s needs.
How do you give the results of an evaluation?
We meet with you to review the results and the evaluation to discuss your child’s profile of strengths and weaknesses. This is also when we discuss treatment options and help you choose the plan of treatment that can enable your child to be as productive as possible at school. We also provide feedback to your child — in person for 15 to 20 minutes or in a child-friendly letter. We can consult with your child’s school to make sure that teachers understand the results of the evaluation and the school can determine what services they will provide. In addition, we provide you with a comprehensive written report. This clearly written, user-friendly report includes relevant information about your child’s background and diagnosis, as well as the results of all testing and our recommendations. We can often have the completed written report within a week. In special situations (upon a parent’s or school’s request), we can generate written reports more quickly.
What about testing for gifted and talented programs?
Psychological evaluations can also be helpful in identifying individuals who are gifted and talented. We have had several requests for some of these tests to be administered prior to entrance in private schools and some gifted and talented programs. Dr. Senefeld has access to and can administer, score, and report on those tests within a week.
**Psychological testing covers everything that a psycho-educational test may include and often more, however, psychological testing is more often covered by health insurance. Psychoeducational testing and testing for the purpose of admission into G&T programs are often not covered by insurance. Please call your insurance company for details on your coverage.
Why choose CPE Clinic, LLC for my psychological evaluation?
Our providers offer expertise, experience, and access that is hard to find anywhere else. Dr. Shannon Senefeld, who oversees CPE Clinic’s psychological evaluation, has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations of all types. Dr. Senefeld has served on the faculty at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, where she provided psychological testing services as her specialization. She understands the range of psychology tests, the nuances in testing results, and writes reports that help her patients obtain necessary services to succeed in academic and social settings. Dr. Senefeld is familiar with the schools and the services offered in the area and takes the time to work with families to access the resources they need to guarantee their children’s success. Additionally, Dr. Senefeld is dedicated to providing timely services, including providing a range of possible evaluation dates to families and also ensuring that reports are provided back to the families within the shortest possible timeline.
Will my insurance cover psychological testing?
Questions regarding coverage for psychological testing should be directed to your specific insurance company and your specific insurance plan. CPE Clinic, LLC is an out-of-network provider for all commercial insurances, so you should ask if you have out-of-network coverage for the following procedure codes: 90791 (intake – 1 hour), 96131 (Psytest addlhour – 5 hours), 96136 (testadm first 30 min – .5 hours), and 96137 (testadm Addl30 min – 6.5 hours). Families pay for the evaluation at the time of the testing, and then submit forms provided by CPE Clinic, LLC to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Please reach out to discuss other possible evaluations and costs if you do not see what you need reflected here.