Additional Assessments


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Academic Achievement Screening*

A screening includes a comprehensive assessment of intellectual development (IQ testing) in addition to a targeted and meaningful appraisal of academic achievement in one of the following three areas:

Reading Disorder (Dyslexia)
Mathematics Disorder (Dyscalculia)
Writing Disorder (Dysgraphia)

Includes:

  • Initial parent intake
  • 3-4 hours of testing
  • Feedback session
  • Written summary of findings
  • Targeted recommendations

Attention and Executive Function Screening*

An attention and executive function screening includes a neurocognitive and behavioral evaluation of attentional capacities and executive control across home and school environments.
Includes:

  • Initial parent intake
  • 3-4 hours of testing
  • Feedback session
  • Written summary of findings
  • Targeted recommendations

Full Neuropsychological Assessment with Dr. Boxer

Includes:

Initial interview with parents

  • Clarify concerns/reason for referral
  • Review significant history
  • Understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify goals for the assessment
  • Sign consent for treatment and releases to speak to other professionals of your choosing

School observation

  • If determined necessary, Dr. Boxer will visit your child’s school to observe the child at no extra charge.
  • School visits are helpful in observing behaviors of the child in the classroom, especially when social interactions are one of the presenting concerns. In other cases, reports from the teachers (either through formal questionnaires or conversation) can describe the child’s participation in class adequately. If a classroom observation is desired, Dr. Boxer prefers to do it before formal testing, so the child doesn’t know he/she is being observed, which creates a more natural environment.
  • If you are wondering if a school observation would be helpful, you should discuss this question well in advance of the scheduled assessment so it can be scheduled.

Phone consultations with professionals working with your child

Review of prior assessments, school records, and medical records

8 – 12 hours of face to face testing

  • Number of days required varies according to the specifics of the assessment.
  • Testing hours are scheduled in accordance with the child’s needs. Consideration is given to fatigue levels, need for breaks, and other individual requirements.
  • Some children process information slowly and may require more than 10 hours. There is no extra charge for these additional testing hours unless there are other extenuating circumstances.

Scoring and interpretation of battery

  • Accurate testing is crucial to the process and typically requires 5-6 hours for a standard battery. Calculations of all raw scores are done by Dr. Boxer.
  • Dr. Boxer spends at least 2 hours going over the findings and forming his impressions prior to the feedback session.

Feedback meeting with parents

  • This meeting typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and includes presentation of the findings, integration of these findings into meaningful patterns (including brain-based explanations where applicable), discussion of the meaning of identified issues for child’s learning, and outlining of a specific treatment plan to address issues.
  • Dr. Boxer will provide you with a list of resources (including professionals in the community, websites, further reading, organizations, and other services) designed specifically for your child.

Brief individual feedback with child

  • Many children benefit from a separate meeting to discuss their learning style. Dr. Boxer is happy to provide this to you and your child if you would like. It is optional for a parent to be present.
  • Details to be discussed in the child’s feedback can be discussed with you prior to this meeting. Specific scores and/or diagnostic nomenclature may not be helpful to the child; rather, the focus of this meeting is to help your child understand his/her strengths and how they might be better used to address learning differences.

IEP/School meeting attendance

  • If necessary, Dr. Boxer will attend the IEP meeting or a separate meeting with teachers and/or administrators to discuss the assessment findings.

Neuropsychological assessment report

  • The report is written following the feedback session and incorporates the findings and discussion occurring at the meeting.
  • The report is written with the presenting concern in mind. Typically it includes contributing history, discussion of the testing process (behavioral observations, test list and scores, description of the results), as well as interpretation of the results, recommendations, and if appropriate, diagnostic impressions.
  • This report is appropriate for distribution to physicians and mental health practitioners, as well as for your records. It often contains more information than parents are comfortable providing to schools. For this reason, a briefer version of the report with a more educational focus (Educational Report of Neuropsychological Assessment) can be prepared at your request. There is no additional charge for writing an Educational Report.
  • No reports are sent out without your written request; your final approval to distribute the report is not accepted you have read it fully and confirm that you want it sent out.

Full Neuropsychological Assessment with Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow

Includes all of the services listed above at a reduced fee, completed by Dr. Boxer’s Registered Psychological Assistant, a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology with extensive training in completing neuropsychological assessments with Dr. Boxer.

Additionally, Dr. Boxer directly oversees the neuropsychological assessment process, including:

❖ Testing battery
❖ Case consultation
❖ Diagnosis
❖ Report editing and finalizing

Dr. Boxer will also make time to meet with your child during one of the test dates and be present at the parent feedback appointment.