FAQs

How to make an appointment?

  • Appointments are set up following a free 15-30-minute phone consultation to determine what type of evaluation or service is most beneficial and appropriate for the child and/or individual requesting testing. You may call our main number at 401-329-6336 or send an email to sps.nkri@gmail.com to set up this phone consultation.

What does the evaluation process entail?

  • Evaluations consist of 2-4 appointments.
    • Step 1: The first appointment is an intake interview and lasts for 60-90 minutes. For children and adolescents, the first appointment is a parent interview (children and adolescents do not attend this appointment).  For transition evaluations, young adults (18-22) are encouraged to attend with a parent or caregiver.
    • Step 2: The second appointment consists of testing with the child/adolescent/young adult.  Depending on the referral question and presenting issues, a third testing session may be recommended.  This will be determined in the first appointment. 
    • Step 3: The family will return for a feedback session to review the results of the evaluation and to discuss recommendations and next steps.  This step occurs 2-3 weeks following the last day of testing.  The feedback session is usually 1 hour.  The family will be provided with 2 copies of the report at that time. 

What is a psychological evaluation?

  • Psychological testing involves an evaluation of a broad range of skills, which can include intelligence, adaptive skills, language, attention, executive functioning, academic skills, social functioning, and behavioral/emotional functioning.   Psychologists can use this information to arrive at a diagnosis.  Psychological evaluations determine an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in order to provide recommendations for treatment, education, occupation, and future planning. 

What types of evaluations do you offer?

  • Psychoeducational evaluations
  • ADHD evaluations
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations (for individuals 5 years of age and older)
  • Developmental evaluations (including ASD) for children ages 0-4
  • Transition evaluations (for young adults going to college or entering the work force)
  • Targeted evaluations (see “Evaluations” tab for more information)

What does an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment consist of?

  • Parent/guardian interview to obtain information regarding background information, developmental history, and presenting problems.  For an ASD assessment, the parent interview also includes an adapted version of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) to assess ASD symptomatology in depth.
  • Parent questionnaires regarding ASD symptomatology, adaptive functioning, development, and behaviors.  Teacher questionnaires may also be requested.
  • Review of records
  • A measure of intellectual functioning
  • A semi-structured observation/play-based assessment (using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition; ADOS-2)
  • Optional: Anxiety/depression self-report inventories, additional cognitive measures (e.g., attention, memory, language, executive functioning, as needed).

Are ASD evaluations only for children and adolescents?

  • No.  Dr. Vorderstrasse specializes in evaluating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the lifespan. This includes evaluating adults.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?

  • Photo ID, medication list, documentation from school (e.g., most recent report cards, IEP, 504 Plan, etc.), and any previous psychological, neuropsychological, or school evaluations that have been conducted.

How much will this cost and do you accept insurance?

  • The cost of evaluations vary considerably depending on the presenting problem and the evaluation/testing necessary.  Pricing will be discussed during the phone consultation. 
  • At the present time, we do not accept insurance.  We do provide an itemized bill at the feedback session so that families can submit it to their insurance provider for reimbursement.  This is dependent on the insurance plan.

What payments do you accept?

  • We accept cash, check, or charge (e.g., Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express). 

What is your COVID and illness protocol?

  • We have a health and wellness policy. This means that we respectfully ask families to contact Dr. Vorderstrasse to reschedule if their child is sick and showing symptoms, such as fever, coughing, runny nose, etc.  If Dr. Vorderstrasse observes symptoms of illness during testing, she will discontinue testing and ask to reschedule.
  • We ask that families contact Dr. Vorderstrasse to reschedule if the child/adolescent/young adult or another family member has had a positive test for COVID or a COVID exposure. 
  • If families discover that they are COVID positive after an appointment, we ask that they notify Dr. Vorderstrasse as soon as possible so she can take precautions with other clients. 
  • Dr. Vorderstrasse will honor these same policies and will reschedule when she is sick and notify families if she has inadvertently exposed them.  
  • Dr. Vorderstrasse is fully vaccinated.