FAQs for Diagnostic Evaluations for Suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

  • What ages range do you assess for FASD?

We are able to provide diagnostic evaluations for children as young as 12 months who have known or suspected prenatal exposure to alcohol, although for children younger than 3 with a suspected diagnosis of FASD, it is more difficult to definitively determine a diagnosis.  This is why it is important to have the evaluation done by an experienced clinician.  Research shows that early intervention is correlated to better prognosis.  We also do evaluations for children, adolescents and adults.

  • What does a diagnostic evaluation involve?

The FASD evaluation is an in-depth evaluation which includes a review of previous testing and intervention, cognitive testing, and various measures to assess physical, behavioral, emotional, language, adaptive, and executive functioning, and sensory processing symptomology. Subsequent to the evaluation, a detailed report is provided which includes an explanation of the assessment results as well as treatment recommendations.

  • Can you give diagnoses other than for an Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Yes, as Licensed Clinical Psychologists, we are able to assess for and provide any mental health diagnosis, as clinically indicated.  Dr. Dumke and Dr. Cason are both thoroughly trained in the DSM-V, and have broad clinical training and experience.

  • How long will it be before I have the report?

It typically takes between 2 and 4 weeks to score, analyze, and interpret the results and then write the report.  .  A feedback session is offered to go over the results approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the evaluation.

  • Do you take health insurance?

We accept Colorado Health First Medicaid, Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente.  We also accept credit cards, including HSA cards.  Otherwise, we are happy to provide you a detailed sales receipt following full payment, with the necessary insurance codes you will need to seek possible reimbursement from your insurance provider.  Please contact your insurance company in advance to find out if they reimburse for a diagnostic evaluation for ASD, and at what rate they reimburse.

  • What does an assessment cost if we do not use insurance?

We provide a variety of assessment options depending on the referral question.  Costs typically range from $2000 to $3000.

  • Will you come to my IEP meeting?

Depending on where the school is, we may be able to attend IEP meetings to discuss the results of testing and our recommendations.  There is an additional fee for the meeting time and drive time.  We are not able to provide educational advocacy services.  We can give referrals to qualified educational advocates in the Denver area.

  • Can you treat me/my child after the evaluation? Or can you make referrals for other types of providers if needed?

Yes, if we determine that you or your child would benefit from ongoing psychological and/or behavioral intervention, we can discuss if one of us would be a good fit for on-going services.  We are also able to make referrals to other service providers such as Early Intervention Providers, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Social Skills Groups, and other community resources.  NOFAS is also a good resource for information.

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