How Does the Testing Process Work?
On the day of the initial appointment, the client and their family members will meet with the clinician for approximately one hour to provide information about the client and decide together what questions will be the focus of the evaluation. At that time, the client and/or family members can talk with the clinician about any questions they might have about the testing process. Finally, the clinician will provide parent and teacher questionnaires to be completed prior to the testing appointment.
On the day of the testing appointment, the client will meet individually with the clinician to complete a variety of tests. The testing appointment can last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. The client will take breaks throughout the day, therefore, it is important the client bring the following to the testing appointment: snacks and drinks; books, small toys, or hand-held video games the individual enjoys to use during breaks; and any Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device or Behavior Plan that the individual uses on a regular basis. Testing is always scheduled in the morning so that the client is not too tired. It is important that the client get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast prior to testing. Clients should always take their regularly prescribed medications on the day of testing unless otherwise indicated by the testing clinician.
After the evaluation, the client and family will schedule a feedback appointment with the clinician to review the complete testing results. The client and family will also receive a detailed report of the results of the evaluation in the mail approximately 2-3 weeks after the final appointment.
For additional information and commonly asked questions about the evaluation process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section on our website.