Why is testing a good choice?
Testing is a great way to get answers. Testing is noninvasive and allows us to find out how your brain processes information which may affect your ability to reason, concentrate, solve problems or remember. Testing also allows us to move forward with a plan to help you perform better in school, at work or in everyday life.
Why are people referred to receive testing?
We typically see patients who were referred by their physician or therapist due to concerns with some symptoms the patient may be having. Occasionally, we are sought out by individuals who want the testing done, and were not recommended by a physician.
Who will see me?
You will see Dr. Zoe Bonack at your initial appointment. Once we establish your testing plan, you will see our psychometrist, Kirsten, who does her best to make the testing process as comfortable as possible. She has many years of experience and prides herself on getting the most accurate results possible.
Is the testing painful or scary?
Not at all, quite the opposite in fact. Our patients tell us how much fun they have during testing!
How do I get started?
When you call our office, we will schedule an initial evaluation. This allows us to get to know you and/or your child better and determine the best way to proceed. If you are bringing your child for testing, it is best if you and only the child you are having us do testing with attend. If you are an adult and you feel that it would be beneficial for you partner/spouse/significant other to attend, please have them come to this session with you. If you are using insurance, we would need to request an authorization to perform testing. This process usually takes up to two weeks. Once authorization is obtained, we will call you to schedule your testing appointments.
How many visits will I need?
Most patients need 2 or 3 individual testing appointments. Our testing is tailored specifically around each patient’s needs, so this number may vary.
How long will each testing appointment last?
A typical testing appointment will last somewhere between 2 to 3 hours
How should I prepare for my testing?
You will want to be well-rested and not take any medications that make you drowsy (like an allergy medication). Adults will need to be in the testing room without any family members, so please make arrangements for childcare, if needed. Children will be in the testing room without a parent to insure accurate test results. Please be sure to have a good meal and use the restroom before testing so we can minimize interruptions in the testing process.
What do I need to bring with me for a neuropsychological testing appointment?
Please bring any additional information that we have requested of you. We ask that you give us your best effort as that will help us help you. You may want to bring anything that would make it possible for you to see clearly (i.e. wear your glasses or contact lenses). We recommend bringing a snack, especially for children.
How should I dress?
Please dress comfortably as you will be sitting for the duration of your testing appointment.
What happens after my testing session?
Once the testing is completed, each test is scored and analyzed. We prepare a thorough report explaining the results of the testing. This allows us to be specific in understanding your strengths and weaknesses. We will make specific recommendations for your needs based on the testing results. This report could be anywhere from 12 to 20 pages of detailed information. The time between your final testing session and receiving your report can take several weeks. Once it is completed, we will call you and schedule an appointment to come back in and discuss the results of our findings, which will include our recommendations and a possible diagnosis. In addition, we are happy to write up recommendations or accommodations for work or school.
If you are having your child evaluated, we ask that only the parent(s) attend. If you are having your teenager evaluated, we ask that you bring only your teenager to attend this session with you. If you are an adult and you feel that it would be beneficial for you partner/spouse/significant other attend, please have them come to this session with you.
Who pays for the treatment?
At this time, we are in-network with Tricare and typically, these sessions are partially covered. You can expect a copayment for the visit. If you have a copayment, we will collect it at the time of service.