This is a week later than I had intended, but last Thursday, I had a consultation with the neuropsychologist who will be doing my learning disability assessment.
It’s taken a while just to get to this point, as indicated by the fact there are already two parts in this series. With the advent of the internet, at least it’s easier to find a doctor who will assess adults. There seem to be far more who only assess children.
The office I found is within a couple of miles of my home. That’s a very good thing, considering I don’t drive. It’s also surprising, because the lady I’m seeing is apparently one of the best in the area.
Once I found the building, walked down the surreal hallway lined with locked doors and talked to the receptionist, I sat down in a nice office with the doctor.
She took my medical history – both physical and mental – and quizzed me on my family history. She also asked about my work and education history, as well as whatever spiritual beliefs I have. Once the background stuff was done, she did a few short tests to measure my memory and math skills, as required by the insurance company.
She then sent me home with a questionnaire to fill out and bring back with whatever school records from elementary, middle and high school before the next appointment.
I was a little uncomfortable through the appointment, which is pretty typical for me. I’ve always had a hard time relating to medical professionals the first time I see them.
Overall, though, that first appointment wasn’t too bad. I was also given an estimate of how much I’ll be paying out-of-pocket. The office will be submitting a request to my health insurance company, but it we already know it won’t be covered.
The only way it would be covered is if whatever the findings are point to a medical cause.
Anyway, it’s as much as I thought it would be, which is in the $1500 to $1700 range. Apparently, it can be much more expensive, since she’ll only be assessing me for basic types of learning disabilities and something extra for my short-term memory problems.
It would be more if she were assessing me for ADHD or ASD.
I’ll still be in for about 8 hours of testing. That will be broken up over three sessions. Two of those sessions will be for three hours and the last one will be for two hours. They’ll be happening over the last two weeks of this month.
I’m very glad of that, because I want to get everything squared away well before school starts in August. I have the feeling I’ll be pretty worn out by the time all the testing is finished, though.