“The thorough testing and interpretation of the results will go a long way in helping those who work with our son to better understand what kind of a learner he is.”

-ILD Parent

Contact Information

Meredith Cohen, Ph.D. and Julie Sayer, M.A., C.A.G.S., NCSP
Assistant Directors of Assessment

4 Militia Drive, Suite 20
Lexington MA, 02421
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Ph. 781-861-3711
Fax. 781-861-3701
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Neuropsychological Testing & Evaluations FAQ

What type of testing do you do?

At ILD, we provide comprehensive neuropsychological testing & evaluations and educational assessments, as well as projective testing, speech-language evaluations, and diagnostic educational therapy.  We generate an individualized learning profile of each student’s strengths and weaknesses and provide very detailed educational recommendations.

Does my health insurance cover any of the evaluation costs?

At ILD, our assessment staff are Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO providers. Neuropsychological evaluations consist of educational and neuropsychological testing.  The educational testing component is not covered by insurance plans.  The neuropsychological testing component is sometimes partially covered by insurance plans. If you have Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO coverage, we will submit for the neuropsychological testing.  For other insurance providers, we generally request direct payment for the assessment, and we will provide you with the necessary information so that your insurance company can reimburse you. Please note: Initial case reviews and consultations are not typically covered by health insurance.

What does a comprehensive assessment involve?

The type of assessment is determined at the initial consultation.  Comprehensive neuropsychological and educational evaluations generally take 6 to 7 hours.  For children younger than 8 years old, we usually schedule three testing sessions for two hours each.  For older children, adolescents, and adults, testing is typically completed in two 3-hour sessions. Usually, testing is scheduled on weekdays between 9:30 am – 12:30 pm when students can concentrate optimally.

What does a standard testing battery entail?

A standard battery of tests includes measures of cognition, problem solving and reasoning, executive function, visual and auditory memory, attention, processing speed, receptive and expressive language, word retrieval, and visual-motor integration. The educational battery includes measures that evaluate phonological awareness, decoding, oral reading, reading comprehension, spelling, written expression, math automaticity, procedures, conceptual understanding and problem solving,  and related academic skills such as note-taking and summarizing.

Do you conduct projective/personality testing?

Under the supervision and direction of our Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Judith Stein, we offer a complete battery of projective testing.

How can I prepare my child for an assessment?

We recommend that you tell your child that we will find out how he or she learns so that we can help to make school easier.  Children, adolescents and adults who come to ILD are told that we will help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses as well as strategies that will make school easier and enable them to succeed.  After the testing, we meet with the students to explain our findings and to give them a one-page learning profile of their strengths and weaknesses.

Should I stop my child’s daily medications during the evaluation?

In order to assure that the test results are valid, it is best to continue all daily medications.  If you have particular concerns or questions about medication, please make sure you discuss these with our staff and plan accordingly during your consultation.

Once testing is complete, what is the next step?

Once testing is complete, we schedule a feedback with both parents to review the test findings and provide you with a preliminary summary of your child’s profile of strengths and weaknesses as well as major recommendations.  This feedback is generally scheduled within 10 days to 2 weeks after the completion of testing.

Do I receive a written report with scores and recommendations?

Yes!  Generally, within 5-6 weeks after the feedback you will receive a detailed, 15-20 page report that explains the test findings, how your child’s score compares to national norms, as well as specific recommendations for use at home, in school, and by other professionals.

What is the follow-up once we receive the report?

The written report for your child’s assessment will be mailed directly to you so that you have control over its distribution. The report is not sent directly to any schools or other professionals. We strongly recommend that you share the report with your child’s school and schedule a school meeting to review your child’s learning profile and to implement appropriate accommodations.

Does a representative from ILD attend school meetings?

We attend school meetings on a regular basis to explain our findings to relevant teachers and to collaborate with schools to implement our recommendations.  If you would like a representative from ILD to attend the school meeting with you, please check with the educational specialist who conducted the testing to schedule a convenient time.  There is a fee for the specialist to attend the school meeting. Please contact our billing department for fee schedules at 781.861.3711 and ask for Thelma.

Will my child have the opportunity to hear about the results of testing?

All students receive a feedback meeting to review their results and learning profile. The student meets with the diagnostician for approximately 30 minutes to discuss his/her learning strengths and weaknesses.  We focus on the student’s strengths as well as practical suggestions for schoolwork.

What is the follow-up after this process is complete? 

We strongly recommend a follow-up consultation with parents within 6 months of testing to review your child’s progress and to adjust recommendations as necessary.

How frequently should my child be tested?

Testing scores are “valid” for 3 to 5 years. In order to receive accommodations in school or on standardized tests (i.e. SSAT, SAT, GRE, etc.) your most recent neuropsychological and educational evaluation should be conducted within a 3 to 5 year time frame.