FAQs - Testing and Evaluation (for ADD, Dyslexia, Reading and Processing Challenges)
What does your testing cover?
Our goal is to help YOU understand why you or your child is struggling. We are here to provide answers. A lot of parents and adults have told us they found our testing more informative than other testing they have had done. We find that the simplistic labels of ADD/ADHD or dyslexia are not very helpful in resolving brain impairments. You have to know the specific cortices (functional areas of the brain) that are impaired so you can specifically target those areas.
We utilize a broad spectrum of tests and look at a number of factors that influence thinking. These include auditory and visual memory, the ability to convert sounds into pictures for proper memory storage, listening skills (auditory processing ability, ability to recognize nuances of sound, to process sounds quickly), visual skills including reading speed, comprehension, and word recognition, a dyslexia determination test which includes reading word level, eyesight memory skills and auditory-phonetic memory skills, the ability to remember and process a sequence of multiple instructions, mixed brain dominance, self-esteem, graphomotor and handwriting skills, sensory-motor skills (capability of the mind-muscle feedback loop), the 5 Critical Brain Programs including the ability to perceive and properly replicate size, shape, position-in-space, figure-ground (the ability to pull details out of the background) and directionality, the possibility of contributing or exacerbating factors such as dietary factors (including food intolerances), heavy metal toxicity, trauma, genetics and more.
As you can see, this is not a small list. We intend for it to be as complete as possible, as over the years, we have learned that each of these can play a role in the thinking process.
After going through the battery of tests, we grade the tests while the family reads some explanation pages or takes a break (~25 minutes). We then get together again and spend some time on educating the family on the brain and what the various areas of the brain do. We talk about brain function and typical brain impairments.
Then we spend time going over the test results in light of how the brain works, explaining and answering the family's questions. We then talk about steps that are needed to begin to resolve the thinking-related issues. These might include dietary changes, detox protocols, and mental skills development exercises. We discuss the Sharper Minds program and reasonable expectations for improvements.
The entire appointment time takes about 3-3½ hours for our Standard Evaluation and 3½-4 hours for our Comprehensive Evaluation. With both, you will walk out knowing the evaluation results. However, with the Comprehensive testing, we also provide, within 7-10 days, a very detailed written report of findings and recommendations. This report can be shared with a school, teacher, psychologist or other professional from which you are seeking aid or understanding.
If the child's parents are married, both are required to be present during the evaluation. If the concerned parent is single, they are asked to bring a trusted friend or one of the child's grandparents with them to observe the test and with whom they can discuss the results afterwards. At the beginning of the session, the person doing the testing will ask questions of both parents to get a broader perspective on the child. The nature of the test is such that the deficiencies are generally obvious to the parents and observers, and the appropriate course of cognitive mental therapy can be discussed. Parents find the results truly eye-opening.
Compared to other psychological or psychiatric tests (fees of $1000 - $1,500 are not uncommon), the Sharper Minds mental skills evaluation is priced very competitively at $295 and $495. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card. If an additional person is evaluated at the same time (add an extra hour per person to the in-office portion of the evaluation), the fee is substantially reduced. There is a non-refundable deposit required at the time the appointment is scheduled. This will be deducted from the total evaluation fees at the time services are rendered. Due to our competitive fees and other factors, we do not bill insurance for our services.
This website has lots of information about our program and answers to most of your questions. We also can send you information (if in the USA) if you are parent looking for a solution to your child's struggles. For a more interactive experience, call us toll free at 1-866-HELP-A.D.D. [1-866-435-7233].
Call toll free 1-866-HELP-A.D.D. [1-866-435-7233] and talk to someone at the Fort Worth, Texas office to set up an appointment at any of our locations. Flights into the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area are very competitively priced and most major airlines fly into it. We have served families from a number of states including Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Hawaii, Washington, and even Canada and the Caribbean, and welcome others as well. We also welcome the opportunity to work with schools to implement our program into their special education curriculum.
Our service locations are in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas areas (west of Dallas). Click here to go to our Center locations page.
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