These brief evaluations fall into three categories: Giftedness Screening, Learning Disabilities Screening and Attention Screening. These services will provide families information on strengths and weaknesses in a designated area and when warranted, families can provide this information to schools, tutors, pediatricians etc. to guide appropriate treatments and interventions. As this service will not bill through insurance or provide diagnostic codes, families can avoid acquiring a “label.” Conversely, if the screening identifies pressing concerns in other areas, families can make the decision to move directly to comprehensive neuropsychological testing that can be diagnostic and may be covered by insurance.
This service provides cognitive and/or intelligence testing for children ages 2 and older to determine giftedness. A screening typically includes a cognitive or intelligence measure, score report and 30 minute feedback. As is consistent with the requirement from many schools in the Denver area, comprehensive academic testing can also be provided for a Comprehensive Giftedness Evaluation. This specifically includes cognitive/intelligence testing and normative data on skills including reading, reading comprehension, reading fluency, written expression, writing fluency, spelling, math calculation, math reasoning, math fluency, oral expression, listening comprehension and language skills. The tests administered are typically the WISC, WIAT, GORT and CELF in their latest versions. These services can also be selected a la carte. Screening includes a feedback session to review data and a brief report with normative score tables that can be provided to a school, tutor, physician etc.
Learning Disabilities Screening
This brief service includes academic, language and cognitive and /or intellectual evaluations to determine learning strengths and weaknesses and identify whether a learning disability is present. Data may be provided to a school or tutor to direct services for remediation of skills and to suggest accommodations and modifications to support an individual’s learning style. Academic testing provides normative data on skills including reading, reading comprehension, reading fluency, written expression, writing fluency, spelling, math calculation, math reasoning, math fluency, oral expression, listening comprehension and language skills. Specific areas can be selected to screen based on the referral question. Screening specifically for one area of weakness- Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia is available as is screening for two areas or all three. This service will provide a formal diagnostic code for a learning disorder if diagnostic criteria are met.
This brief service includes cognitive or intellectual evaluation, parent/teacher (if preferred) rating scales and continuous performance testing of attention (TOVA). This screener provides information on an individual’s sustained attention in the absence of immediate reinforcement and is available for children and adults ages 4 and up. An attention screening can also be useful to provide data about attention patterns on and off stimulant medication. This data may be provided to a primary care physician or psychiatrist to guide treatment. As this is a screening process, no formal diagnosis will be provided but recommendations regarding attention will be provided at feedback. If families or individuals are interested, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can be provided following screening and does provide diagnosis. The comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation may be billable to insurance. The advantage of the attention screening process is to allow individuals and families to quickly obtain information about attention patterns that may inform medical treatment or to evaluate the impact of medication in treating symptoms of inattention.