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What to Expect During the Evaluation Process

Below is a step-by-step process of what to expect:

Step One (scheduling): Call to schedule an appointment. Contact Us
Our receptionist will briefly gather some information about your child and the presenting concerns, as well as your insurance information. You will decide what type of evaluation that you want. Click here to review our Evaluation Models.

Step Two (insurance preauthorization): Our team will contact your insurance company to preauthorize the claim and obtain an estimate of what you will owe out of pocket. We will provide you with that information shortly thereafter.

Step Three (create an account): Create an account through our online portal system Patient Portal where you can communicate with our staff, submit paperwork, complete questionnaires, and view the final report.

Step Four (clinical interview): A few days before your appointment, your doctor will call to conduct a clinical interview via Zoom or over the phone to gather more comprehensive information, allowing them to better understand your child and what goals you would like to achieve. This call will last approximately 30-60 minutes. One or both parents/caregivers can participate.

Step Five (day of the evaluation): Below are answers to commonly asked questions:

    • What should we expect on the day of the evaluation?
      Please arrive five to ten minutes early to check in with our receptionist. Your doctor will meet you and your child in the waiting room. Together, you will all go to their office. Your doctor will facilitate introductions, review the testing process, and make sure your child is comfortable in the testing environment. Then you will return to the waiting room where you will complete questionnaires regarding your child’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning in your home setting. Once completed, you may stay or leave to run errands until testing is finished.
    • Should both parents/caregivers attend this appointment?
      That is entirely up to you! It can be hard for parents/caregivers to take time out of their busy schedules for the lengthy evaluation. You will not receive a review of the child’s results that day. Instead, your doctor will schedule a feedback session for the following week. Both caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend that session, but it is not mandatory. Alternatively, we can schedule a Zoom feedback session.
    • Should I stay during my child’s evaluation?
      We highly recommend staying for the whole process with younger children to provide support and motivation as needed. For parents/caregivers of tweens, teens, and college students, it is entirely based on the family and child’s level of comfort. Our comfortable office offers a living room-style waiting room complete with a fireplace and a large play area for younger children if you opt to stay. You would have full access to our kitchen and bathroom in-suite. There are many restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops within walking distance if you wish to grab coffee or food, shop, or walk.
    • How long will testing take?
      The testing length depends on your child’s age, work speed, and level of motivation, as well as the type of evaluation.

      • For younger children, testing takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours for the basic or standard evaluation or 3 to 3.5 hours for a comprehensive assessment that includes a learning profile assessment. Click here to review our Evaluation Models.
      • For tweens, teens, and college students, testing takes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours for the basic or standard evaluation or 4.5 to 5 hours for a comprehensive assessment that includes a learning profile assessment. Click here to review our Evaluation Models.
    • Should I bring food/drinks?
      Please bring healthy snacks, something to drink, and a fun activity for your child during breaks. We offer complimentary snacks and drinks at our office, as well as a large play area filled with games and toys for younger children.
    • Can I bring a friend, family member, or other children to stay with me while I wait?
      Absolutely! Our comfortable office offers a living room-style waiting room complete with a fireplace and a large play area for younger children if you opt to stay. You would have full access to our kitchen and ensuite bathroom. There are many restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops within walking distance if you wish to grab coffee or food, shop, or walk.
    • Where should I park?
      We are located at 7720 S. Broadway at the Littleton Adventist Hospital. Please park in the spaces near the Arapahoe Medical Plaza I Medical Office Building, where you will enter. Once inside the building, we are located on the fifth floor in Suite 570.

Step Six (feedback session): On the day of the evaluation, your doctor will schedule an in-person or Zoom feedback session for the following week. Whether conducted in person or via Zoom, the feedback appointment will take approximately one hour. During this appointment, your doctor will ask any remaining questions for the background section of the report, review the testing results, discuss diagnostic considerations, and recommend treatment interventions.

Step Seven (receive your report): Your doctor will upload a copy of the report for review in your portal within 6 weeks after your feedback session. Exceptions will only be made in emergencies. In the portal system, you can choose to have a hard copy of the report mailed or faxed to yourself or other providers.

Below is a step-by-step process of what to expect:

Step One (scheduling): You or your parent(s)/caregiver(s) will call our office to schedule an appointment. Contact Us

Our receptionist will briefly gather some information about you and the presenting concerns, as well as your insurance information. You and/or your parent(s)/caregiver(s) will also decide what type of evaluation that you want. Click here to review our Evaluation Models.

Step Two (insurance preauthorization): Our team will contact your insurance company to preauthorize the claim and obtain an estimate of what you and your parent(s) will owe out of pocket. We will provide you with that information shortly thereafter.

Step Three (create an account): You or your parent(s)/caregiver(s) will create an account through our online portal system Patient Portal where you can communicate with your doctor, submit paperwork, complete questionnaires, and view the final report.

Step Four (clinical interview): A few days before your appointment, your doctor will call you (and your parent(s)/caregiver(s) pending your consent) to conduct a clinical interview over the phone to gather more comprehensive information, which will allow them to better understand you and what goals you would like to achieve. This call will last approximately 30-60 minutes.

Step Five (day of the evaluation): Below are answers to commonly asked questions:

    • What to expect on the day of the evaluation?
      Please arrive five to ten minutes early to check in with our receptionist. Your doctor will meet you and your parent(s)/caregiver(s) (if present) in the waiting room. Together, you will all go to their office. Your doctor will facilitate introductions, explain the testing process, and make sure you are comfortable in the testing environment. Once this has been accomplished, your parent(s) (if present) will complete questionnaires in our waiting room regarding their perceptions of your cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Once completed, parents/caregivers are free to stay or leave.
    • What exactly do we DO in testing?
      During testing, you will complete different tasks like reading stories, solving puzzles, drawing pictures, answering trivia questions, filling out questionnaires about your emotions/behaviors, and much more. Many will seem pretty random; however, research shows us that each of these tasks is associated with a different part of the brain. As such, part of our goal is to figure out how your mind works. However, our BIGGEST goal is to determine how you can be the best version of yourself. We do that by figuring out your strengths and weaknesses (we all have them!) so that you can build on your strengths and get the help that you may need in certain areas. With that said, some of the tasks during testing will be easy, and some will be hard. What may be easy for you may be hard for the next person and vice versa. It is important to understand that not a single person will get all the items right. Why? Because it’s not possible! Also, much of the time, your doctor is more interested in how you are getting to your answer than what the answer is. There is no need to be worried or anxious. You will do great!
    • How long will testing take?
      The testing length depends on work speed and level of motivation, as well as the type of evaluation. Typically, testing will take approximately 3 to 3.5 hours for the basic or standard evaluation or 4.5 to 5 hours for a comprehensive assessment that includes a learning profile assessment. Click here to review our Evaluation Models.
    • Should I bring food/drinks?
      Please bring healthy snacks, something to drink, and a fun activity for breaks. We offer complimentary snacks and drinks at our office, as well as a large play area filled with games and toys for younger children (if present). If you are a parent yourself and bring your own child, please ensure that you also bring a babysitter, as your child will have to wait in the waiting room.
    • Where should I park?
      We are located at 7720 S. Broadway at the Littleton Adventist Hospital. Please park in the spaces near the Arapahoe Medical Plaza I Medical Office Building. Once inside the building, we are located on the fifth floor in Suite 570.

Step Six (feedback session): On the day of the evaluation, your doctor will schedule an in-person or Zoom feedback session for the following week. Whether conducted in person or via Zoom, the feedback appointment will take approximately one hour. During this appointment, your doctor will ask any remaining questions for the background section of the report, review the testing results, discuss diagnostic considerations, and recommend treatment interventions.

Step Seven (receive your report): Your doctor will upload a copy of the report for review in your portal within 6 weeks after your feedback session. Exceptions will only be made in emergencies. In the portal system, you can choose to have a hard copy of the report mailed or faxed to yourself or other providers.

Please arrive five to ten minutes early with your parent(s)/caregiver(s) to check in with our receptionist on the day of your appointment. Your doctor will meet you and your parent(s)/caregiver(s) in the waiting room. Together, you will all go to their office. They will facilitate introductions, explain the testing process, and make sure you are comfortable in the testing environment. Once this has been accomplished, your parent(s)/caregiver(s) will complete questionnaires in our waiting room regarding their perception of your cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Once completed, parents/caregivers are free to stay or leave to run errands.

During testing, you will complete different tasks like reading stories, solving puzzles, drawing pictures, answering trivia questions, filling out questionnaires about your emotions/behaviors, and much more. Many things that you will do during testing will seem pretty random; however, research shows us that each of these tasks is associated with a different part of the brain. As such, part of our goal is to figure out how your mind works, but our BIGGEST goal is to determine how you can be the best version of yourself. We do that by figuring out your strengths and weaknesses (we all have them!) so that you can build on your strengths and get the help that you may need in certain areas.

With that said, some of the tasks will be easy, and some will be hard. What may be easy for you may be hard for the next person and vice versa. It is important to understand that not a single person will get all the items right. Why? Because it’s not possible! Also, much of the time, your doctor is more interested in how you are getting to your answer than what the answer is. There is no need to be worried or anxious. You will do great!

When you come to visit, your doctor will meet you and your family in the waiting room. Together, you will all go to their office and get to know one another and learn what you will be doing. Importantly, your doctor wants to make sure that you feel comfortable! Your parent(s) will then go to the waiting room and answer some questions about you while you work with your doctor in their office.

Together, you and your doctor will read stories, solve puzzles, draw pictures, answer trivia questions, talk about your feelings, and more! Each part teaches your doctor something important about you so they can help you be the best version of yourself that you can be in life! Some of the things you will do may seem hard, but that’s okay! Your doctor is learning about the way you think, not whether you’re right or wrong! There is no need to be worried or anxious. You will do great!