We often hear from parents that they are frustrated by the lack of psychologists who take insurance plans for testing. They often ask if we can do “one test” for a diagnosis or learning issue rather than a battery. However, we all founded out practices on the belief that the whole child contributes to any learning or behavioral equation. We have made the decision to do good, thorough testing. That way, you have the whole picture and can develop a better plan to move on.
Recent research proves that our approach is the best for your child! Because many mental health and developmental issues overlap or co-occur, quick testing that jumps at the more obvious answer can miss underlying difficulties that will lead to other symptoms or complicate the treatment of the disorder that is easy to identify. This can cost your child dearly as it will prevent interventions that could be crucial. New research indicated that Autistic children who were diagnosed with ADHD often had a significantly delayed diagnosis of Autism. Adults working with the child focused on the most obvious explanation, and missed the bigger picture. This delayed treatment and causes some children to miss those crucial early interventions. Testing is an investment, but a thorough evaluation can save time, money, and stress in the long run.