1. Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Financial Issues

Q: What are the evaluation fees?

A:  We charge flat fees for our assessments.  These fees vary depending on the type of evaluation required.  The fee is set when the initial appointment is scheduled, before the assessment begins.  The evaluation fee includes the intake, school observation (if appropriate), consultation with the school and other providers, testing, up to two feedback meetings (i.e., one with the parents and one with the child and parents), and a written report.  Additional meetings, including attendance at meetings at schools, are billed separately.  Reduced fee assessments are conducted by post-doctoral fellows, who are closely supervised by Dr. Kawa.

Q: Do you take insurance?

A:  We are not paneled with any insurance companies but are happy to provide you with a superbill to present to your PPO insurance carrier for out-of-network reimbursement.  We recommend that you speak with your insurance carrier to determine what they will cover, as most insurance companies do not reimburse for educational testing.  Please contact Dr. Kawa with any questions.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: We accept cash and checks.

  1. About Testing

Q: Why should I have my child evaluated?

A: Caregivers seek evaluations for many reasons.  In some cases, the child needs a diagnosis from a licensed psychologist in order to receive services.  In other cases, providers already working with the child need clarity and guidance to better understand and help the child.  Sometimes caregivers pursue evaluations to help inform decisions about school or class placement, therapies, or pharmacological treatment.  By taking a concrete look at the child’s abilities, processing, and emotional functioning, recommendations can be made for therapies/services (e.g., speech therapy, counseling, etc.), modifications and accommodations at school (e.g., extended time, shortened assignments, etc.), and specific ways that caregivers can support the child. I emphasize practical and specific recommendations for each child that take into account the big picture (e.g., finances, locations, family dynamics) so that they are manageable for the family while being maximally effective for the child.  Any time caregivers or providers are feeling baffled or at a loss about the child, testing can be helpful.

Q: What types of symptoms might indicate that my child has a problem?

A: The short answer is that anything causing impairment or substantial difficulty for the child should be explored.  For more specifics, see ADHD Red Flags, Autism Red Flags, or Learning Disability Red Flags.

Q: Is testing the same as therapy?

A: No, testing is not a type of therapy. Although we do our best to make it as fun as possible for the child, testing is a task-oriented process.  We meet with the child to complete tasks and activities that help us understand his or her strengths, weaknesses, and way of relating to and interpreting the world.  If the child requires therapy or other interventions, we make the appropriate recommendations for providers during the feedback session and in the written report.

Q: What should I tell my child about why he or she is coming for testing?

A: The answer to this question depends largely on the age, functioning level, and comprehension of the child.  In general, we advise parents to inform their child that they will do some games and activities that will help us get to know them.  Some of the activities will be like schoolwork, some will be like puzzles, and some will be drawing or even playing with toys.  We are happy to provide more specific guidance to parents during the intake meeting after having more information about the child and his or her particular situation.

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Phone: (310) 387-2888    Fax: (310) 820-7970 

  Email: DrKawa@ChildPsychTesting.com

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