Where does the evaluation take place and what will it measure?
Dr. Cody administers tests in a one-to-one setting in her office. Typically, the evaluation will measure a number of abilities, consisting of: General Intelligence, Executive Functioning, Attention and Concentration, Learning and Memory, Language, Visual and Spatial Perception, Motor and Sensory Skills, Academic Skills, Social-Communication Skills and Social-Emotional Functioning.
How long will the evaluation take and how much will it cost?
Many clients have concerns with how long the evaluation will take due to potentially missing work, and projected cost. It is difficult to determine a projected number of hours before Dr. Cody meets with the client for an initial consultation. After Dr. Cody obtains historical and current information, she can develop the evaluation plan from there. Dr. Cody will attempt to keep the evaluation as brief as possible; however, she will attempt to elicit the client’s best possible performance under optimal conditions; therefore, the process should not be rushed. The diagnostic process can be scheduled to occur within 1 or 2 days or can be spread over a longer duration, depending on the individual’s needs.
For many adults (not all), the diagnostic process typically includes an initial consultation appointment, 2-3 hours of further evaluation, and then a feedback meeting in which Dr. Cody discusses her findings and recommendations. Dr. Cody provides a comprehensive evaluation report at the feedback meeting, which requires additional hours of report writing for her to complete. At the initial consultation, Dr. Cody may find that further evaluation is indicated (i.e. cognitive, executive functioning, or more thorough mental health assessments). Dr. Cody will discuss during the initial consultation as well as review the potential time and rationale for including these additional measures. The consultation is necessary to determine whether further evaluation is indicated and what the projected range of hours would be to address any additional questions or concerns.
Why do I need a report after the evaluation?
The client may determine that they need or do not need a comprehensive evaluation report written after the evaluation sessions take place. The report would be reviewed with the client at a feedback session. A copy of the evaluation report can be used for several reasons. Results can be used:
To understand your current strengths and weaknesses. If you do more testing in the future, clinicians can see how your abilities change over time.
To help determine the best treatment plan for your current difficulties.
To help you be more successful at work or school.
To refer you to other professionals who can help you.
To provide information if you are involved in a court case.
To provide you with some ways to cope with impairments and improve relationships.
To provide information, resources, or recommendations to your family or those working with you.
To help document your disability (e.g., social security claims).
To help determine if therapy services could help you and identify an effective plan for those services should they be indicated.
Yes, Dr. Cody provides direct supervision to both Dr. Nicole Alicino, her postdoctoral fellow, and her graduate students. Before a case is assigned to another clinician, Dr. Cody will thoroughly review past evaluations and intake paperwork. She helps to determine the evaluation plan and will provide supervision throughout the entire process. Dr. Cody may also need to complete part of the evaluation herself, even if an individual determines they would like the evaluation completed by Dr. Alicino or a student. If Dr. Cody does not confidently feel that a section of testing can be completed by another evaluator, she will step in. If this were to occur, it would be discussed thoroughly at the initial consultation, prior to evaluation sessions occurring.