Students feel the best — and achieve the most — when they’re given the right kind of scaffolding for growth and development.
For gifted & talented kids, that means an enriched environment with plenty of opportunities for creativity and intellectual curiosity. For kids with ADHD, learning disabilities, or intellectual disabilities, that means getting access to school accommodations and targeted therapies to help them overcome limitations and access their strengths. For "twice-exceptional" kids, who have special intellectual gifts combined with unique challenges, the right combination of environmental and family support can be the difference between traumatic failure & frustration, or tremendous success.
Experienced in school neuropsychology and autism spectrum, Dr. Godot specializes in mental health diagnosis, and helping to differentiate complex symptoms or co-occuring disorders.
Dr. DuBois has classroom experience teaching immersion and special education students, and specializes in behavioral observation and intervention.
Also called school neuropsychology testing, a psychoeducational test battery combines cognitive (IQ) testing with academic achievement testing. This allows us to examine the discrepancies between a student's raw intellectual power and their ability to apply that strength toward important school-related tasks.
The tests we most commonly use are:
All assessments include clinical interviews with the student, and with parents and/or teachers where indicated.
This type of testing helps to identify mental, neurological, and sensory conditions affecting a student's performance, and the accomodations most likely to help them succeed:
The testing process takes 4 to 8 hours of face-to-face time in the office. This is usually split between two days — consecutively, if possible.
After the tests are administered, the psychologist begins a complex analysis. The results of all tests, interviews, and in-office observations are integrated to understand the student's unique strengths and weaknesses across many areas of functioning. These insights are then written up into a detailed report, intended to provide understanding and clear recomendations for the student, parents, and educators.
Certain types of educational testing are conducted in school, often by the school psychologist. School psychologist assessments tend to focus on behavioral observations, and the recommendations they provide usually focus on classroom accomodations. Additionally, because the school system is often backlogged with requests for psychoeducational evaluations, they may have stringent standards about who qualifies to be evaluated and what criterion are used to establish a diagnosis.
Our assessments are performed by clinical psychologists trained to recognize and treat a wide range of neuropsychological, mental health, and learning conditions. As a result, private testing is often more likely to produce recommendations for services outside the school system that can help a student overcome limitations and maximize their strengths.
Because psychological testing is a specialized and labor-intensive process, the cost is based on the evaluating psychologist's hourly rate — currently set at $180.
The total cost can vary based on the questions that need to be answered, which instruments are used, the complexity of family systems or medical records, and the clarity of the findings. A psychoeducational assessment generally costs from $2000 to $3000. That cost includes a detailed written report, as well as a one-hour feedback session with the psychologist to fully explain your results and recommendations.
Generally, no. Most insurance companies do not seem to consider educational testing "medically necessary" and so do not provide coverage. In some cases, there may be medical history or physician referral which establishes a medical necessity.
Psych Lab is a private clinic providing out-of-network service. We do not bill insurance directly, and collect payment directly from patients at the time of service. However, we do provide billing statements with all the information needed for you to file a claim, and provide access to an app that makes it easy to submit your claims from your smart phone in less than a minute.