FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately, as a solo practitioner I have found it unfeasible to participate in insurance plans. I will complete pre-authorization forms and provide necessary information so that you can make use of your insurance benefits. Most people are able to use out-of-network insurance benefits, flexible spending accounts, and health savings accounts to cover my services. (Click here for more information.)


How do I prepare my child for testing?
I encourage parents to be brief, honest, and direct about the testing process. You can usually tie it to issues of concern to your child such as school or relationship difficulties or negative feelings. You know your child best in terms of specific words to use. If he or she may be worried by terms such as “testing” or “doctor,” you can avoid those words by saying “you’ll be doing some work with Ms. Hover so she can see how you learn.”

Please make sure your child is well-rested and well-fed, having had nothing with stimulant properties (e.g. caffeine, chocolate, or certain medications). If your child was sick in the past 24 hours, please contact me so we can discuss it.


Do you prescribe or recommend medication?
As a psychologist, not a medical doctor, I do not prescribe. Whenever possible, I advocate a behavioral approach in treating diagnosed conditions; however, depending on the child’s history and the severity of condition, I believe medication has its place. Apprehension about medications is understandable; however, the consequences of not medicating also need to be considered. I believe parents owe it to their child to thoroughly research medical options before making a decision.


Can I just get my child tested for ADHD without undergoing a comprehensive evaluation?
A conclusive diagnosis has to rest on more than one test. A comprehensive evaluation may yield a complete picture of your child’s cognitive profile, identify any co-existing conditions such as anxiety or learning disabilities, and determine the specific effects of ADHD on the his/her current functioning. The recommendations stemming from a thorough evaluation can better target your child’s needs.


Does my child have to miss school?
I have weekday hours only, and I most often test during the morning hours. Most children function at their best in the morning, and their test performance at this time is most likely to simulate their school functioning.

I will do my best to accommodate your schedule; however, you may want to check your child’s school schedule in advance to avoid missing important tests and special events. Most teachers support the testing process and will be willing to accommodate.


How do I share the test results with my child?
Children often benefit by a sense of resolution when they understand why they went through the testing and how the increased knowledge can benefit them. It is important to un-do any myths they may have developed (such as “I am stupid”) and make sure they are aware of their strengths as well as their needs. Even with teenagers, I advise against sharing the written test report; however, I can provide graphs and reading material to increase their self-understanding.

 

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