Preparation

  • Please Be On Time

  • Your appointment may be forfeited if you are more than 30 minutes late.

What to Bring

  • Glasses, hearing aids, or other assistive devices
  • A complete and up-to-date list of all medications your child currently takes
  • Any reports from prior neuropsychological or psychological evaluations
  • Any school records including any report cards, academic testing, or psychoeducational testing
  • Special-education reports including Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP) report, Behavior Management Plan, or 504 Plan
  • Please download the Pediatric History Form, fill it out ahead of time, and bring it with you to your child's appointment. (If clicking the link doesn't work you can download it at https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ase9t0jezqjew9/RPN%20Case%20History.pdf?dl=0.)

Food and Beverages

Please be sure that your child has breakfast the morning of the evaluation, and bring any snacks or beverage your child may like during breaks. You will have an hour long break for lunch (for extended/comprehensive evaluations lasting more than 3-4 hours). You may bring your own lunch; a picnic area is available outdoors (weather permitting). There are also multiple restaurants within one to two miles of the office building.

Who Should Attend

For minor children and dependents, a custodial parent or legal guardian is required for signing consent forms, to participate in the clinical interview, and complete forms regarding the child (typically using a tablet provided on-site). For young children, the parent or an adult designee should remain on the premises while the child is being evaluated (exceptions may be made for older children or those who do not require constant supervision).

Description of Evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation does not involve shots or x-rays or other invasive procedures. Instead, it involves an interview and various tests with a neuropsychologist who has specialized expertise in the relationship between the brain and various aspects of human behavior. Those aspects may include attention, memory, mood, and other mental functions that are important for daily life. Typically, children participate in tasks similar to school work and games, often involving pencil-and-paper tasks, looking at pictures, answering questions, or use of a computer. Young children will be tested through play using a variety of toys and pictures.

Length of the Evaluation

In general, plan on the evaluation taking a full morning and a portion of the afternoon (after the lunch break). A typical comprehensive evaluation is about 6 hours. The length may vary depending on the child’s specific needs, and is typically shorter for very young (<5 years) children.

Independent Medicolegal Evaluation (IME)

The majority of neuropsychological evaluations completed at Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology are done at the request of a physician or other service provider. A much smaller number of neuropsychological evaluations are completed at the request of the lawyer, claims adjuster, or other person involved in a case where there is a disagreement about the nature or cause of the problem. Under those conditions, the neuropsychologist performing an IME agrees to do an impartial, fair and objective evaluation. In an IME, the neuropsychologist will only do a one-time evaluation, will not continue as your treating doctor, and also will not be able to give direct feedback to you about the child’s test results.

Feedback

The neuropsychologist will usually discuss preliminary results with you at the end of the evaluation. Occasionally, a separate day/time may need to be scheduled for this with appointments typically available within one week.

Reports

A formal report will be mailed/faxed to you and to the referring agency (most often your physician), usually about two weeks following the evaluation. You may also request in writing that the report be sent to other persons. The only circumstance in which the neuropsychologist cannot give you information about the results is when the evaluation is done as part of an IME.

Treatment Recommendations

The neuropsychologist may discuss treatment recommendations with you, but neuropsychologists do not prescribe medications. Any recommendations for prescription medications will need to be discussed with your child’s pediatrician/family doctor. The neuropsychologist may also recommend certain types of therapy, but those often first need to be approved by your own doctor and/or your insurance company. Often, the neuropsychological evaluation can help your doctor and educators or other providers decide what treatment or goals may be needed.

Insurances Accepted

Aetna

ASR

Auto (Commonly referred to as "No Fault")
BCBS
Cigna
Cofinity
Humana Military/Tricare

Canceling Your Appointment

If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, you need to do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you fail to show for your appointment, or do not give at least 24 hours notice, you may not be rescheduled. If you need to contact the office or Dr. Rush, you may do so via phone (616-780-0590) or e-mail (SJRush@RushPedsNeuropsych.com, bearing in mind that email is not encrypted or secure). Otherwise, you may be charged a $150 rescheduling fee.

What to Bring To and Expect From Your Evaluation

pediatric neuropsychological evaluations, behavioral health, and communication assessments