Q: What is the procedure for having my child evaluated?

A: First, the legal guardian of the child/adolescent should contact our Intake Coordinator at (646) 754-5000. After being interviewed by the Intake Coordinator, you will receive documents to be completed by parents and teachers. Once the documents, are returned you will receive a call from the Intake Coordinator and your appointment will be scheduled.

Q: Does the NYU Child Study Center only offer evaluations or is treatment also offered?

A: The NYU Child Study Center provides a thorough evaluation and determines what kind of treatment is appropriate after the evaluation has occurred. Most of the treatments recommended are offered at the NYU Child Study Center. In the event that a recommended treatment is not offered, the appropriate referral for that service will be given. Prior to starting treatment your child will have either had a psychiatric evaluation or a neuropsychological evaluation.

Many families choose to have some or all of their treatment elsewhere. That may be because they live too far away to come on a regular basis or they may already be receiving some of their treatment elsewhere. We can easily work very closely with other therapists or physicians to ensure that your care is comprehensive.

Q: What is a Psychiatric Evaluation?

A: A Psychiatric Evaluation is appropriate and needed for any child or adolescent with emotional and/or behavioral problems. This evaluation will lead to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations usually require several hours and over one or more office visits for the child and parents. The evaluation is conducted by clinicians who are trained and experienced in this area. With the parents' permission, other significant people (such as the family physician, school personnel or other relatives) may be contacted for additional information about the child.

The comprehensive evaluation frequently includes the following:

  • Description of present problems and symptoms
  • Information about health, illness and treatment (both physical and psychiatric), including current medications
  • Parent and family health and psychiatric histories
  • Information about the child's development
  • Information about school and friends
  • Information about family relationships
  • Psychiatric interview of the child or adolescent
  • If needed, additional services are recommended - - laboratory studies such as blood tests, x-rays, or special assessments (for example, educational, speech and language evaluation)

The clinician doing the evaluation then presents his findings to our team for discussion and the development of a formulation and individualized treatment plan. The formulation describes the child's problems and explains them in terms that the parents and child can understand. Biological, psychological and social parts of the problem are combined in the formulation with the developmental needs, history and strengths of the child or adolescent.

Time is made available to answer the parents' and child's questions. Parents often come to such evaluations with many concerns, including:

  • Is my child normal? Am I normal? Am I to blame?
  • Can you help us? Can you help my child?
  • What is wrong? What is the diagnosis?
  • Does my child need additional assessment and/or testing (medical, psychological etc.)?
  • What are your recommendations? How can the family help?
  • Does my child need treatment? Do I need treatment?

When a treatable problem is identified, recommendations are provided and a specific treatment plan is developed.

Q: What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation? (Also referred to as Educational Testing, Psychoeducational Testing, Academic Testing, Full Battery of Tests)

A: A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions using a set of standardized tests and procedures. Various mental functions are systematically tested, including, but not limited to:

  • Intelligence
  • Problem solving and conceptualization
  • Planning and organization
  • Attention, memory and learning
  • Language
  • Academic skills
  • Perceptual and motor abilities
  • Emotions, behavior and personality

The evaluation is a time intensive process, which involves hours of testing and a feedback session to discuss the results.

Q: What is a Feedback Session?

A: This is a brief session that takes place 1-2 weeks after the evaluation. The purpose is to discuss the results of the evaluation, as well as the recommendations made by the clinician. During this session it is very important that you ask questions and mention any concerns you may have. It is important that you understand the information communicated by the clinician as well as plans for follow-up or treatment.

Q: What are some of the possible treatments and/or recommendations for my child/adolescent as a result of an evaluation?

A: Each child/adolescent we evaluate is different and there is no way of knowing exactly which services will be appropriate for your family. However, an evaluation will allow the proper recommendations to be formulated. The NYU Child Study Center may recommend any or a combination of the following:

1. Individual Therapy, which may include:

a) Behavior Modification Based Therapy;
b) Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy
c) Supportive Therapy

2. Group Therapy, which may include:

a) Social Phobia Groups
b) Social Skills Groups
c) Parent Training
d) Couples Therapy/Workshops

3. Family Therapy

4. Psychopharmacology

Our child & adolescent psychiatrists will provide families with all the necessary tools to get the best possible medication management for your child or adolescent.

5. Further Testing

Sometimes, further testing or particular kinds of evaluations are required to delve deeper to find the best possible treatments. As a result of an evaluation, you may receive a recommendation for further testing such as:

  • A full or partial battery of neuropsychological testing
  • Speech & Language Evaluation (Not offered at the NYU Child Study Center but provided by therapists that we work closely with)
  • Neurological Examinations (Not offered at the NYU Child Study Center but provided by physicians that we work closely with)

Q: My child has been evaluated elsewhere. Do I still need an evaluation to commence treatment with the NYU Child Study Center?

A: Yes, it is essential that your child undergo an evaluation with our Center prior to starting treatment. The Initial Evaluation is what will guide the treatment process.

Q: I don’t know what kind of services my child may need. What should I do?

A: Contact our Intake Coordinator, who will be happy to guide you and describe all of our services at length. The Intake Coordinator will also let you know if there are any Research Programs currently available that are appropriate.

Q: Will sessions be confidential?

A: The conversations you have with any clinician will be kept in the strictest confidence and, under federal and New York State law, are protected. In most situations matters that you share in the context of therapy sessions will not be disclosed to anyone without your written authorization.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: We require a minimum 24 hour notice when you will miss or want to cancel a session. If you give 24 hours advance notice when canceling your appointments, there is no charge for that time. With such notice, the appointment can be made available to another person. However, if you do not provide 24 hours advanced notice for the cancellation or absence, regardless of the reason, you are responsible the full fee for that session. Please note that insurance carriers do not reimburse for missed appointments and require that such missed appointments be so noted on any statement of charges.