What to Expect

What Should I Tell My Child?

What you tell your child about a neuropsychological assessment depends on his or her age.  Keep explanations brief and related to problems your child is experiencing. Many children think coming to the doctor means they will get a shot. Let your child know there are no shots. He or she will be doing activities that involve listening, remembering, building, drawing, and using the computer. Your child will have breaks to use the bathroom, have snacks, and eat lunch.

How should I prepare my child for the evaluation?

The best way to prepare for an assessment is to relax the night before your appointment, get a good night’s sleep, and eat a balanced breakfast in the morning. There is no way to study for a neuropsychological examination. Dress comfortably and be sure to bring glasses, hearing aids, or any other assistive devices needed. If your child takes regular medication (e.g., stimulant medication) please check with Dr. Aronson to discuss dosage scheduling before your appointment.

What does the evaluation include?

The evaluation includes standardized measures, observations, and reports from parents, teachers, and other professionals involved with your child. The standardized measures that comprise the evaluation include pencil and paper tasks, hands-on activities, and use of a computer. There are no shots, or painful or invasive procedures in neuropsychological assessment.  Assessments typically include evaluation of areas such as general cognitive abilities, academic achievement, attention, executive functions, learning and memory, language, visuospatial skills, and motor coordination, as well as social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Specific tasks vary as each evaluation is tailored to your child’s specific needs.

Does my insurance plan cover neuropsychological evaluation?

Dr. Aronson does not accept insurance directly and is an out-of-network provider with insurance companies.  Many health insurance companies will pay for some portion of consultations or neuropsychological evaluations.  However, because Dr. Aronson does not bill insurance companies directly, payment is expected at the time of service.  Please inquire with Dr. Aronson regarding fees for services as each situation is unique and evaluations are tailored to specific needs.