neuropsychological evaluations

Get a clearer picture of who your child is on the inside, and why.

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As parents ourselves, we get it.

You want to fully understand your child so that you can equip them with all the support and skills they’ll need in life. And neuropsychological testing is a powerful tool that can help you do just that.

Through this discovery process, you’ll get a better understanding of your child’s strengths, as well as the areas where they could use more specialized support. We’re here to give you the information you need to empower them every step of the way.

Our evaluations can help uncover:

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Learning disorders

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Brain injury

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Academic difficulties

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and more

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What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Our evidence-based assessment helps you to better understand your child’s functioning in areas like memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality.

This insight can help caregivers, teachers, physicians, and therapists determine the best learning environment and treatment approach for your child, while enhancing their strengths and helping them to meet their full potential.

Our neuropsychological evaluations measure:

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  • Attention/concentration
  • Executive function
  • General intellect
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning and memory
  • Mood and Personality
  • Depression
  • Motor speed and dexterity
  • Processing speed
  • Reading/reading comprehension
  • Reasoning
  • Language usage
  • Visuospatial skills

Get answers in weeks.

Not Months

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01 Behavioral History

The first step is a Behavioral History Evaluation, where we'll understand what's going on and answer questions about testing.

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02 Evaluation

Your child will complete questions, assessments, and tasks virtually—all from the comfort of a familiar environment.

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03 Results

You'll receive a comprehensive, insightful evaluation report that you can use to better understand and advocate for your child.

Here's what you’ll receive:

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A complete report with in-depth findings, along with a clinical diagnosis (if applicable).

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Personalized recommendations to support your child at home, in the community, and in the classroom.

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Expert collaboration with your child’s school, along with recommended classroom accommodations and intervention strategies as needed.

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Clinically-proven strategies and tools to support you as a parent.

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About Neuropsychological Testing at Bend Health

We created Bend Health to empower families to get expert care when and where they need it. Our comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations are conducted through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing and performed by our highly-trained neuropsychology team.

Our licensed experts take a multidisciplinary approach to assure the highest quality care for your child. All psychological testing and neuropsychological assessments are validated, evidenced-based, and similar to those found in a traditional office setting.

Insurance Accepted
Bend Health is in-network with select insurance plans for neuropsychological testing, including:

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UnitedHealthcare (national)

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Aetna (Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Washington)

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (Texas)

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Piedmont Community Healthcare (Virginia)

*Your health insurance plan may not cover all services offered by Bend Health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

about Neuropsychological Evaluations

Does Bend Health offer services outside the United States?

No. At this time, we’re only able to provide care and testing services to families who reside in the United States.

Who might benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation?

Neuropsychological evaluations can help evaluate children and young adults who may be experiencing difficulties with learning, attention, memory, behavior, or emotions. Currently, Bend Health can provide testing for ages 2 to 25. 

For those unsure about whether to proceed with testing, at the Behavioral History Evaluation appointment, the practitioner will carefully consider the child's age, developmental level, and individual needs and share a recommendation about whether testing is appropriate.

What conditions does neuropsychological testing identify? 

Conditions that may be diagnosed through neuropsychological evaluation include learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, and emotional or behavioral disorders.

Who is NOT appropriate for neuropsych testing at Bend Health?

Neuropsychological testing can help uncover underlying abilities. But if you or your child has an acute or severe medical or behavioral concern, it's important to address these needs first. The following list provides an overview of when neuropsych testing is not appropriate:

Substance Use Issues

Individuals currently undergoing detox for alcohol or illicit drug use may not be suitable for testing. It's important to address acute substance-related concerns before proceeding with testing to ensure accurate results.

Mental Health Crisis

Individuals experiencing active suicidal ideation, self-injury within the last two weeks, or homicidal ideation with a plan within the last three months may be in a mental health crisis. It's crucial to prioritize their immediate safety and well-being before engaging in neuropsychological testing.

Severe Psychotic Symptoms

Individuals experiencing active command hallucinations or severe thought disorganization may find it challenging to engage in cognitive testing. Addressing these symptoms and stabilizing mental health is a priority.

Severe Cognitive Impairment

Individuals with severe intellectual disability or neurocognitive disorders with significant memory or functioning difficulties may require specialized assessments beyond the scope of virtual neuropsychological testing.

Eating Disorders

Individuals with severe eating disorders or a BMI less than 18 due to an eating disorder may not be suitable for testing at the moment. Addressing their nutritional needs is essential before proceeding with cognitive assessments.

Child Protection and Legal Issues

In cases involving active child protection issues, concerns, or individuals on probation, virtual testing may not be suitable due to the external stressors these individuals may be facing. Virtual assessments might not adequately capture the nuances of their cognitive functioning, and the presence of legal issues may require careful consideration and a comprehensive understanding of their situation.

Complex Custodial Situations

Individuals in complex custodial situations, such as ongoing legal disputes or high levels of conflict between caregivers who share joint custody, may experience additional stressors that could impact their cognitive performance during testing. The additional stressors from complex custody issues could influence cognitive performance, and subtle behavioral nuances may be difficult to capture virtually.

Who conducts a neuropsychological evaluation?

The Bend Health team includes a team of professionals who work together to evaluate your child thoroughly. This includes psychometrists, licensed behavioral health practitioners, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists.

What will my child be asked to do during the testing?

Your child will be tested using different techniques one-on-one with a provider. Depending on your child's specific needs, the testing may include puzzles to solve, game-like activities, computer tasks, question-answer tasks, and paper-pencil tasks.

For toddlers and younger children who may have difficulties interacting one-on-one, your child's testing may involve the provider interviewing you directly, observing interactions between you and your child, and you completing standardized rating forms.

How long does testing take?

At Bend Health, neuropsychological testing is completed in two to three sessions of two to four hours each. The ultimate schedule for your child’s testing will be based on your specific needs and circumstances. 

Completing testing across several shorter sessions - instead of in a single full-day session - ensures your child is fully engaged. We want to meet your child at their best, to understand both where their strengths lie, and areas where they might need more support. The best way to do this is to ensure your child is fresh and rested.

How long will it take to receive my report?

The turnaround time to receive your report is approximately two to four weeks after the first testing session. However, there are a number of factors that can impact the report completion, including receiving timely paperwork from previous evaluations and school.

Will someone help me understand the results of the assessment?

Yes. Once the report is complete, we will send you the results along with detailed feedback to help you understand the recommendations. In some circumstances, the assessment team can also be involved in future IEP meetings to discuss the results. The Bend team can be reached any time at neuro@bendhealth.com for additional questions.

What happens after a behavioral history evaluation?

Your child’s behavioral history evaluation provides critical information for understanding whether or not your child would benefit from a full neuropsychological evaluation. 

If it’s determined a full neuropsychological test is appropriate for your child, we will submit the information gathered over to a Bend practitioner for review, as well as schedule your child for the next portion of the evaluation.

If it’s determined that a full neuropsychological evaluation with Bend is not appropriate for your child, we will provide recommendations for alternative evaluations or interventions to better address their current needs. 

We’re committed to providing comprehensive and individualized assessments that will guide you toward the best course of action for your child’s development and well-being.

How much does a neuropsychological evaluation cost?

At Bend Health, testing is offered at a tiered rate dependent upon the type of evaluation(s) needed. This is also inclusive of corresponding final reporting, video feedback from the neuropsychologist, and coordination with the patient’s school (if applicable). Please schedule your no-cost registration call with our team for questions about tiered, out-of-pocket rates.

Costs for both the behavioral history evaluation and neuropsychological testing are not covered under an existing Bend Health enrollment that you may have through your health system or pediatric provider. 

Bend currently accepts Aetna (Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, and Washington), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Piedmont Community Healthcare (Virginia) for neuropsychological testing. For other insurance plans, Bend can offer a superbill so you can submit for reimbursement as allowed by your plan. The superbill will be provided after testing is complete, and you will need to pay all testing fees upfront.

Does Bend Health accept insurance for a neuropsychological evaluation?

Bend currently accepts Aetna (Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, and Washington), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Piedmont Community Healthcare (Virginia) for neuropsychological testing. For other insurance plans, Bend can offer a superbill so you can submit for reimbursement as allowed by your plan. The superbill will be provided after testing is complete, and you will need to pay all testing fees upfront.

How does virtual testing compare to in-person testing?

It may be hard to imagine how such an in-depth evaluation could be done remotely; however, many of the validated tests and assessments have been validated and approved to be used remotely.  In some cases, virtual testing is actually preferable because kids can complete testing from an environment they are comfortable in, and testing can more easily be scheduled over several days.

The Bend Health approach includes  a series of tests and measures validated for a virtual testing environment. We aim to provide the same gold-standard experience you would experience in a traditional in-person setting.

Can neuropsychological testing support getting an IEP or other accommodations at school?

This is one of the most common reasons parents and caregivers seek neuropsychological assessments. Many school systems require a definite diagnosis to approve accommodations like those defined in an IEP. Many factors influence the outcome of the evaluation, and it’s important to understand that every child tested does not necessarily receive a diagnosis. 

Regardless of whether there is a diagnosis, we will provide a list of recommendations and information to help your child reach their full potential at home and in school. Additionally, please be aware that each school has its own specific guidelines and cutoff points for allowing accommodations or IEP approval.