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  • Do you take insurance?
    We are currently out-of-network with insurance providers, as we are a private-pay practice only. Your insurance plan may or may not provide reimbursement for out-of-network services. We will provide you with a "Superbill" (an itemized list of services, associated CPT codes, and any diagnosis made) after the completion of your evaluation.
  • How can psychoeducational assessment be helpful?
    Through assessment, we gain insight into an individual’s cognitive, academic, and social-emotional strengths and challenges, and how these strengths and challenges manifest in everyday life. Most importantly, assessment allows us to identify the interventions (e.g., tutoring, coaching, therapy), academic accommodations (e.g., extra time for test-taking, preferential seating, use of a computer), and referrals (e.g., speech-language therapy evaluation, occupational therapy evaluation) that will foster growth and confidence.
  • What do I tell my child about testing?
    For younger children, you can let your child know that coming to Monarch will help you better understand how they learn . You can tell your child that they will be working with one person and completing a variety of different activities, such as looking at pictures, answering questions, building with blocks, and drawing pictures. For older children, you can let them know that by completing the tasks at Monarch, you will have a better understanding of their strengths and learning style, and why they are having trouble in math, struggling to pay attention, or having problems completing their schoolwork (include any specific difficulty that your child may have) and what will be helpful.
  • How do I prepare my child on the day of testing?
    To the best of your ability, make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the testing day. Follow your typical morning routine and make sure your child eats a good breakfast. Children should bring a lunch and snacks to the testing session (snacks and water bottles are also available in the office). If your child wears glasses, please have your child wear or bring their glasses. Upon arrival, you may be asked to complete additional questionnaires when you drop off your child. After that, you are welcome to wait in the waiting room during testing or leave and return for pick up. If you leave the office, we will call you when there is approximately 30-45 minutes left in testing. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking your child up, please provide a signed note stating that you give your child permission to leave with another individual and include that individual’s name and phone number.
  • What is psychoeducational assessment/testing?
    The evaluation of an individual’s intellectual abilities, learning and memory capacity, attention, executive functioning, academic skills, and social-emotional functioning through use of norm-referenced standardized tests. Confused with the jargon? We can’t blame you. See common definitions below for more information. What is intellectual ability? Intelligence refers to a general mental ability for reasoning, planning, solving problems, abstract thinking, comprehending complex ideas, and learning. Otherwise known as cognitive abilities, these influence one’s academic skills development and are considered to be generally stable over time. What is learning and memory? Learning is the acquisition of skill or knowledge, while memory is the expression of what you've acquired. What is executive functioning? Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things. Executive functioning is particularly affected by ADHD. What is academic achievement? Academic achievement is the current level of a student’s learning. Academic performance can be affected by intellectual ability, executive functioning, and exposure to the curriculum, among other factors. What is social-emotional functioning? Social emotional development represents a specific domain of child development. It is the process by which children acquire the capacity to understand, experience, express, and manage emotions and to develop meaningful relationships with others. What are norm-referenced standardized tests? Norm-referenced tests are a form of standardized testing that compares "normal" skill levels to those of individual students of the same age. By comparing students to one another, it is possible to determine whether, how, and to what a degree a particular student is ahead of or behind the norm.
  • How is Monarch different from other practices that provide psychological assessment?
    We specialize in assessment. We have specific training in assessment and years of professional experience conducting psychological assessments. We also use a variety of standardized assessment measures that allow us to comprehensively assess each individual. We complete all testing with our clients on an individualized, in-person basis. This allows us a closer understanding of our clients, their work processes, and their ability to navigate a variety of tasks. It also allows us to build rapport and relationships, which allows us to understand our clients better and to provide the supports that they truly need. We provide timely turn-around for our assessment reports and feedback. We strive to provide families with results and recommendations within three weeks of testing. Our feedback sessions are comprehensive and involve an in-depth review of results and related recommendations/interventions. We follow-up with clients. To ensure that you have a plan for intervention and the resources to take the next steps, we provide a follow-up meeting and we are available on an as needed basis for inquiries after you have received your report. We incorporate our therapeutic training and experience into our assessments. We have been trained in the delivery of therapy as well as psychological assessment. This means that we understand the value of compassionately listening to clients, viewing individuals from a whole-person and culturally informed lens, and utilizing standardized assessment measures.
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