Neuropsychological testing (also called Medical Diagnostic Testing) focuses on assessment and diagnosis to identify the strengths and needs of both children and adults. We take a therapeutic assessment approach, meaning that we help individuals and families identify goals for testing, and collaborate to identify what they hope to learn about themselves or their children in the assessment process. Our hope is that, through testing, individuals can gain an understanding of themselves, their diagnosis, and their needs.
We know that testing and getting a diagnosis can be stressful for many families. Our team wants to make sure that families feel supported in the process, and we strive to present clear communication and feedback with resources and recommendations for the next steps.
The testing process begins with an intake session, conducted with Dr. Shay. During this session, Dr. Shay will ask questions about what led you to seek testing, concerns, and symptoms. She’ll work with you to determine goals for testing, such as wanting to clarify or update a diagnosis, explore learning styles or differences, look at the impact of anxiety, or help figure out what therapies and school accommodations are best for you or your child. She will also gather information about developmental history, medical/physical health needs, family history, and major stressors you or your child may be facing. All of this information will help to inform the testing process. We may also ask about sensory preferences or special interests and do our best to have some of these available to help build rapport and engagement in testing.