What to Expect
During the first appointment, the psychologist will meet with the parents or guardians of your child/adolescent. The psychologist will obtain background information about your child, review information from the Intake Form, listen to your presenting concerns and develop a plan of how to best evaluate your son or daughter. It is helpful to bring information to this appointment, such as relevant medical records, previous reports, and educational records (e.g., report cards, IEPs).
During the second appointment, your child will be evaluated. The evaluation consists of a wide range of intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, and psychological tests The evaluation appointment usually takes from two hours (for three and four year olds) to five hours (with a one-hour lunch break). It is important for your child to get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast before the evaluation. It is fine to bring snacks to the evaluation, as there will be short breaks throughout.
Finally, a follow up meeting is scheduled (approximately one week following your child’s evaluation) in which the evaluation results are presented to the parent/guardian. A written report will be provided, which includes individualized recommendations and accommodations that can be implemented at home and in the classroom. Reports can be taken directly to the child’s school to assist in their education.
Therapy appointments begin with an intake interview, in which the psychologist will meet with parents or guardians. It is not necessary to bring very young children to the initial intake session; however, older children and adolescents are encouraged to attend this session. This initial appointment is 50-minutes and will consist of the psychologist gathering background information, listening to your presenting concerns, and determining if further information or an evaluation is necessary. Social-emotional rating scales will also be completed at this time. After this session, the psychologist will develop a treatment plan, which will be reviewed with you in the second session.