Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My doctor recommended a developmental evaluation for my child. Do you accept my insurance; how do I have my insurance pay for it?

A. We accept almost all insurances for infants and young children under the age of 6, although not all health plans cover this service. If your insurance is an HMO, you will need written authorization from your insurance. If your insurance is a PPO, you need to be referred by your primary care provider. If your health plan does not cover our services, you may self-refer and pay for the evaluation yourself. The psychoeducational evaluations we offer for children ages 6 and above are provided on a fee-for-service basis, as insurance plans don’t cover these services. If you have any questions, please call 858-966-8100 and speak to one of our support staff members.

Q. What type of children do you evaluate?

A. We evaluate any child for whom there is a concern about development, such as motor skills, language, social skills behavior or learning. We also see children whose histories put them at risk for developmental delays (i.e., prematurity, neglect, prenatal exposure to drugs or family history of autism.

Q. Do you offer developmental evaluations in Spanish?

A. Yes, we have psychologists who are bilingual Spanish/English.

Q. Is there a wait list for your services?

A. Our wait list varies depending on the type of evaluation and time required. Appointments can be scheduled as much as two months in advance of the desired appointment date. Parents are encouraged to call as soon as possible and may be able to be seen earlier if they’re willing to travel to one of our satellite locations.

Q. Why is this appointment longer than a typical doctor’s appointment; what will the psychologist do with my child during the evaluation?

A. A developmental evaluation may be scheduled for a period of two to four hours depending upon the age of the child and the nature of the referral.The psychologist will use this time to initially talk to you about any concerns you have. Your child will then be given specific developmental tests. The psychologist may test your child’s language skills (such as naming pictures, answering questions or asking for what he/she wants), motor skills (such as crawling, running or jumping), eye-hand coordination (such as building with blocks or doing puzzles), or play skills (such as imitating or pretending to feed a doll). This part of the evaluation may last 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the age of the child.

Additionally, the psychologist will ask you questions to learn about your child’s medical, social, and developmental history. You may be asked to fill out questionnaires about your child’s behavior. The psychologist will take some time to score the tests and questionnaires. At the end, he/she will talk with you about the results and give you recommendations and referrals.