Dr. Shore conducts psychological and educational evaluations of children and teens who are experiencing school-related problems, ranging from learning disabilities to social difficulties to behavioral issues to attention deficit disorder.
In addition, he conducts cognitive testing to identify gifted students and help qualify students for classroom and testing accommodations in school and college.
Q&A with Dr. Shore About Evaluation
Q: What is a psychological evaluation?
A: This is an evaluation conducted by a psychologist on a one-to-one basis that is intended to provide an understanding of a child’s cognitive ability, emotional status, social skills, attention span and motivation. The evaluation may include an intelligence test, behavioral observations, a parent interview, behavior rating scales completed by teacher and parent, and an assessment of social and emotional factors through projective testing. This evaluation may help assess the presence of a learning disability, an attention deficit disorder or a behavior disorder, identify whether a student is intellectually gifted, or determine if a child is eligible for special education. It may also help determine a child’s school readiness. The evaluation will also generate recommendations about effective ways of helping the child in school and at home as well as programs appropriate to his or her educational needs.
Q: What is an educational evaluation?
A: This is an evaluation of a child that examines his or her academic skills as well as learning strengths and weaknesses. It assesses the child’s reading skills (both decoding skills and reading comprehension), math computation and reasoning skills, and written expression skills. This information will be used in conjunction with the results of a psychological evaluation to reach conclusions about the presence of a learning disability, his or her eligibility for special education, and the educational program and teaching strategies that are best suited to the child’s learning profile.
Q: How long does the evaluation take?
A: The length of the evaluation depends on the type of evaluation that is being done. A cognitive evaluation (an administration of an intelligence test) will take approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. A more comprehensive psychological evaluation (which includes a cognitive evaluation and an assessment of the other factors described above) will take approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. A psychological and educational evaluation will take about 3 ½ to 4 hours and will be done over two sessions.
Q: What happens after the evaluation?
A: I will write a detailed, comprehensive report describing the results of the evaluation, the implications for the child in terms of parent and school expectations, and recommendations about effective ways of helping the child in school and at home as well as programs appropriate to his or her educational needs.
This report will be written with a minimum of educational jargon and will be provided to the parents within two weeks of the completion of the evaluation. Parents are free to share this report with their child’s school and doctor
In addition, I am available to meet with parents at a face-to-face meeting to discuss the evaluation results and its implications for the child. I am also available to meet with school staff to enhance their understanding of the child’s educational and emotional needs and to suggest practical ideas for helping him or her.
Q: Do you do evaluations of college students?
A: Yes. I conduct evaluations of college students who may be experiencing learning or other educational disabilities to help them obtain special services and testing accommodations such as extra time in school.
Q: Will insurance cover the cost of the evaluation?
A: While I am a licensed psychologist, I do not participate with any insurance company. Nonetheless, you may be able to obtain reimbursement of part or all of my fee through your insurance if you have out-of-network benefits and an appropriate diagnosis. I will provide you with documentation from the evaluation, including a receipt and a diagnosis, if appropriate, which you can then submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You may want to check with your insurance company in advance of the evaluation to find out its reimbursement policies.