The assessment process for adults varies depending on the reason for assessment and referral source. Typically initial information will be received over the phone prior to setting the appointment to determine the purpose of the assessment and appropriate plan. You will also be informed of costs and what portion will be covered by insurance (if applicable). We may need to obtain authorization from your insurance company prior to scheduling your appointment. Once the appointment is scheduled, you will be provided with some history forms and/or questionnaires to complete at home and bring with you. You may also be asked to bring past records with you, such as medical reports, school records, and any past evaluation reports.
On the day of the appointment, we will have a more in-depth discussion of presenting concerns, history, and other relevant topics. You will probably also complete some questionnaires about mood, personality, behavioral, thinking difficulties, or other related topics. Depending on the reason for the assessment, you may also be asked to complete some tasks to evaluate your intellectual abilities, attention, memory, other thinking skills, and/or academic skills. Some activities may seem like games or puzzles that you will do with your hands, some activities will involve pencil and paper tasks, and some activities will require you to listen and focus on certain information. Sometimes you will need to work quickly and for other tasks you can take your time. Most individuals do not mind the testing tasks even though many of them will require some mental effort. Each task is rather short, from 5 minutes to 20 minutes or so. The number of hours needed for testing will depend on the purpose of the testing, however there will be plenty of opportunities to take breaks when needed.
After the testing is complete, the psychologist will review all the records and history, score up all the testing, interpret what the scores mean, and put all of this information into a comprehensive report. The results will be discussed with you either in person or over the phone. If desired, arrangements can be made to review results with family members or other relevant parties as well.