Parent and/or Guardian

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Executive Mental Health can provide Independent Educational Evaluations as laid out in California Education Code section 56329(b).

What are the kinds of symptoms that might lead someone to receive a referral for neuropsychological assessment?

Our evaluations can address a variety of questions and concerns. Examples of questions we regularly address include:

  • Is my child experiencing problems with attention or memory?
  • Does my child have a learning disability?
  • Does my child have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
  • Does my child qualify for accommodations in school or on the SAT?
  • My child is experiencing behavior problems. What might be causing them?
  • My child seems depressed, anxious, and/or irritable, but I can't figure why that is?
  • Is my child's stimulant medication helping her to focus better?
  • Does my child have an autism spectrum disorder?
  • Has my child experienced a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.  Is it affecting how they think, feel, or behave?

How long will the evaluation take?

Comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations typically take 12 to 15 hours, though the length can vary depending on the case. They can be completed in a single day or over multiple days. They include the administration of a comprehensive battery of tests and a detailed interview with the child and the parents. Your test results will be reviewed with you within 10-15 working days following your last testing session and/or receipt of required information, e.g., school or medical records. A final report will be presented in approximately two additional weeks.

What should I do prior to the appointment?

Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before your appointment(s). Try to get the number of sleep hours that you feel helps you function at your best.

What should I bring with me to the appointment?

Please bring any paperwork that we have sent you (e.g., history form), as well as any relevant records (e.g., school transcripts, standardized testing reports) that may be helpful in the evaluation. Please make sure that you dress comfortably and that you bring a sweater to wear in case you get cold. Although we maintain a supply of beverages and snacks, you may also wish to bring your own to have during breaks.

Should I take my medication(s) on the day of the testing?

Consult with your clinician prior to your testing session to determine if you should take your medication on the evaluation days. Unless we make a specific request (e.g., not to take a stimulant medication), do not deviate from your regular medication regimen.

Can you help me get accommodations for school? How about extended time on the SAT, GRE, or LSAT?

Depending on your results, we may recommend that you receive certain accommodations within the school environment or on standardized tests. However, please note that our recommendation does not automatically insure that you will receive the accommodation(s). You should contact your school or testing agency (e.g., Educational Testing Service) to determine what steps you will need to take to receive accommodations. Pay special attention to deadlines.

If my child gets tested, will they necessarily have a diagnosis (e.g., learning disability)?

No. Having an evaluation performed does not necessarily mean that there will be reason to confer a diagnosis. Those for whom a diagnosis is not warranted will benefit from learning about their individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge can be applied to school, employment, and standardized testing situations.

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