• Assesses intellectual abilities, academic abilities, motor skills, sensory/perceptual
abilities, and other key areas
• An essential component in determining more subtle, underlying factors that contribute
to work/school failure, behavioral changes, or alteration in
• Do I need a referral? Although it is not required to have a doctor’s referral to
schedule an appointment, insurance will generally not cover neuropsychological testing
without a referral. If you choose to go forth with an evaluation without a referral,
it is likely you will be paying solely out-of-pocket.
• What is a neuropsychological evaluation? Please refer back to our neuropsychological
evaluation overview page, or for a more in-depth discussion of presurgical evaluations,
we have prepared a lengthier document - available by clicking here.
• How do I get to your office? Directions are available by following the Location/Contact
Us link at the top of the page, or by clicking here.
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• How long will the evaluation take? This question is difficult to answer because
every patient and evaluation is different. For most patients, we generally expect
evaluations to last the length of a school or work day, with a lunch break around
11:30am. Presurgical evaluations generally take less time, usually lasting about
4 hours. Of course, these are just estimates and length of assessment will vary from
patient to patient.
• What insurance do you accept? We accept: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA, Aetna,
Medicare, AmeriChoice, AmeriGroup, TennCare, TriCare Standard, PHCS, Anthem BCBS,
and Multi-plan. For any out-of-pocket charges, we accept: Visa, Mastercard,
and personal checks.
• Can my child’s school conduct this evaluation instead? We have prepared a document
regarding the differences and similarities between the testing provided at school
and what we, as neuropsychologists, provide. We have made this available here.
• How do I choose the right person to evaluate my child? When considering who is
going to evaluate your child, it is important to ask if the neuropsychologist has
specific training with children. Many individuals may state that they can evaluate
children for learning disabilities, ADHD, etc., but very few have specialized training
and completed post-doctoral fellowships in child/pediatric neuropsychology. Effective
and thorough evaluation of children requires a thorough understanding of brain development
at different stages of childhood and how each child's unique pattern of strengths
and weaknesses impacts the development of intellectual, behavioral, social, and academic
abilities. You chose your child's pediatrician based upon his/her education, training,
and experience with children; make sure you take the time to do the same when deciding
who is evaluating your child for concerns related to learning, behavior, and attention.