WE CONDUCT PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND ADULTS.
ALL TESTING IS COMPLETED BY A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST (PH.D.). WE ALSO HAVE A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST (DR. VILLESCA) WHO CAN HELP TAILOR YOUR EVALUATION SO THAT IT ALSO MEETS THE NEEDS OF SCHOOL TESTING IN ORDER TO OBTAIN ACCOMMODATIONS THAT WOULD BENEFIT YOUR CHILD.
Autism diagnoses have increased exponentially over the last few decades. Recent data indicate that 1 in 45 individuals will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Early intervention is very important to long-term success. A diagnosis is often the key to determining where an individual is functioning on the autism spectrum.
There is currently no wait list. You will be able to make an appointment quickly. The evaluation is conducted by a licensed psychologist, the highest degree in the field. You will have a professional individualized report two to three weeks. Recommendations will be discussed thoroughly so that you know what the next steps are once a diagnosis is made, we help guide you on what to do next.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
An evaluation for autism includes a very thorough parent clinical interview, standardized rating scales, and administration of the ADOS-2. Further cognitive assessment may be determine if there is also suspected learning or attention concerns impacting a person's functioning. A very detailed assessment of social skills is also essential to determine what the individual's strengths and weaknesses are with regard to relating effectively with others.
In need of social skills training? We use social skills curriculum from Michelle Garcia Winner which has fun, engaging, and effective ways of breaking down the nuances of social language. Curriculum is broken down into age groups ranging from young children to adults.
What is the cost? A comprehensive evaluation for autism starts at approximately $520 after the initial diagnostic interview is conducted. (Most insurances will reimburse through "out of network" benefits for this type of psychological testing, the rate of reimbursement depends on your specific plan).
Dyslexia is so much more than the common misconception of letter or number reversals (although this can happen, it is a typical occurrence up until around age 7). Dyslexia also has different sub-types:
Phonological Dyslexia (or dysphonetic dyslexia/surface dyslexia)- trouble sounding out and blending words, phonemic awareness difficulties. For many individuals, reading is laborious. Sight words don't seem to "stick".
Visual Dyslexia (or dysedetic dyslexia)- Phonemic awareness is not a problem, neither is sounding out words. However, children often guess the first letter of the word and commonly mistake it for a different word. They cannot recognize words they just read a few seconds earlier. Reading comprehension often suffers because they misread and substitute many common words for other words (e.g., these for tree).
There is another sub-type called "deep dyslexia" and this one is very rare.
At Katy Psychological Services, several of our psychologists are trained in diagnosing learning disabilities. No two children are alike (and sometimes there is more than one disability suspected). Our job is to find out "why" your child is struggling and "how" to fix it.
Does My Child Have Dyslexia?
Psychological Evaluations are completed by Licensed Psychologists. At Katy Psychological Services, PLLC, we conduct testing for children, adolescents, and adults. (It is important that we note we have specific training and expertise in working with and treating children, and we hope that you make sure you select someone who has this background).
A psychological evaluation usually helps to provide a specific diagnosis that helps to better explain how to treat the symptoms. In some cases, there is more than one diagnosis or some symptoms may seem like one disorder, but may actually be something different.
Do you have other questions? Call us (832) 913-8747. We're happy to help.
ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (AD/HD)
There are 3 subtypes of ADHD:
Some common symptoms include trouble focusing, inattentive, forgetful, daydreaming, or even "lazy" and "unmotivated". These are some terms used to describe this condition. ADHD is most commonly diagnosed before the age of 7, but if you have a mild version you may have gone through grade school and even most of your life without a formal diagnosis. The inattentive type is commonly known as ADD, but it's actually an outdated term, the correct form is "ADHD Inattentive Type". It's defined by having difficulty with focus, a short attention span, difficulty starting and completing work. Add in fidgeting, difficulty sitting still, restlessness, and overactive, interrupting others, impulsive, or "always on the go" and that describes the hyperactive-inattentive type. So how do you know if you need to be tested? If your symptoms are interfering with your daily life (e.g., work, school, home) and they are bothersome to you, it may be worth considering an evaluation.
ADHD can be evaluated using a good clinical interview, computerized performance test (CPT) and parent, teacher, and spouse/close friend or relative) input. We obtain full background history, current concerns, and also assessing executive functioning skills (ability to plan ahead, maintain attention to task, organize, complete tasks, etc.) Our evaluations include a formal written report complete with a diagnosis (if applicable) and recommendations based on your specific needs. For school age children, this can lead to accommodations within the classroom setting, which can be used to initiate Section 504 plans if needed).
ADHD testing can be conducted for ages 4 through adults.
Rates for ADHD evaluations start at $365 after your initial diagnostic interview is conducted.
ADHD COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION
There are times when more information is needed. Executive functioning deficits are common in individuals with ADHD. A deeper examination of working memory, sustained attention, organizational skills, processing speed, emotional functioning, and problem-solving is suggested for those who want a more detailed break down as to what their weaknesses are and how to make them better. Formal testing is also useful if children need an individualized educational plan for them at school, or for high school/college students who need specific documentation for SAT/ACT accommodations for testing or when they enter college. (The College Board has specific testing requirements. Katy Psychological Services only uses tests that the Board accepts).
Pricing ranges based on the number of hours needed for testing. This ranges from $500 to $1800. The amount you spend depends on how much testing you want conducted. The more comprehensive the testing, the higher the range.
Note: ADHD evaluations are not usually a covered benefit under most insurance plans. Please check with your specific plan for details. As with all evaluations conducted, we are considered out of network but can provide you with a detailed medical receipt to seek reimbursement directly from your insurance carrier, if/when applicable. The pricing reflects an individually tailored evaluation, and we will work with you as much as we possibly can to meet your specific budget.