How much does a NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL evaluation for AS cost?



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01 Oct 2007, 9:19 pm

This time around, I'm bypassing the therapists, the psychologists and the psychiatrists, and going straight to a neuropsychologist who can give me a neuropsychological evaluation to determine whether I suffer from Asperger's Syndrome or some other pervasive developmental disorder.

How much does a neuropsychological evaluation usually cost? How long does it usually take? How many sessions?

I need to know once and for all if I am a true aspie or just an NT with aspie-like traits. (I'm hoping I am an aspie, because I think, act and feel just like an aspie.)

While we are at it, does anyone know if health insurance companies normally cover this type of testing?



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01 Oct 2007, 9:45 pm

Never had it done. It sounds like a good idea. Check the Yellow Pages. You should be able to contact neurologists in your area for their charges and check with your insurance company to see which ones are covered.


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01 Oct 2007, 9:54 pm

You've just given me the information I've been looking for. I'm going to ask my therapist about this next time I see her. So far in my search, I have not been able to determine how exactly AS is diagnosed. Thank you. And sorry I can't answer you're question, but if I hear anything good from my therapist I'll let you know.


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01 Oct 2007, 9:58 pm

Health Insurance usually stops benefits for Autism or neurological issues at 6 years of age.

At least they don't see it as a 'disease'.


and why do people say they "suffer" from Asperger's Syndrome??

what's up with that??

Merle



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01 Oct 2007, 9:59 pm

jnet wrote:
You've just given me the information I've been looking for. I'm going to ask my therapist about this next time I see her. So far in my search, I have not been able to determine how exactly AS is diagnosed. Thank you. And sorry I can't answer you're question, but if I hear anything good from my therapist I'll let you know.


jnet, your therapist might be reluctant to send you to see a neuropsychologist, for the obvious reasons.

Go to http://www.aspergers.com/asplist.htm to find a neuropsychologist in your area. You don't need your therapist's permission to go see one.



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01 Oct 2007, 9:59 pm

Mw99 wrote:
jnet wrote:
You've just given me the information I've been looking for. I'm going to ask my therapist about this next time I see her. So far in my search, I have not been able to determine how exactly AS is diagnosed. Thank you. And sorry I can't answer you're question, but if I hear anything good from my therapist I'll let you know.


jnet, your therapist might be reluctant to send you to see a neuropsychologist, for the obvious reasons.

Go to http://www.aspergers.com/asplist.htm to find a neuropsychologist in your area.


What are the obvious reasons?


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01 Oct 2007, 10:03 pm

jnet wrote:
Mw99 wrote:
jnet wrote:
You've just given me the information I've been looking for. I'm going to ask my therapist about this next time I see her. So far in my search, I have not been able to determine how exactly AS is diagnosed. Thank you. And sorry I can't answer you're question, but if I hear anything good from my therapist I'll let you know.


jnet, your therapist might be reluctant to send you to see a neuropsychologist, for the obvious reasons.

Go to http://www.aspergers.com/asplist.htm to find a neuropsychologist in your area.


What are the obvious reasons?


Your therapist makes a living talking to patients. Why would he/she want to lose you to some other mental health professional? Actually, you might go see a neuropsychologist and still continue to see your therapist. In that case, ignore what I said. But you don't need your therapists permission to go see a neuropsychologist. You should ask his/her opinion, but not his/her permission.



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01 Oct 2007, 10:07 pm

sinsboldly wrote:
Health Insurance usually stops benefits for Autism or neurological issues at 6 years of age.


Usually? What are the rare cases when they cover neurological issues for adults?

I don't care. If I have to pay money out of my own pockets to get a neuropsychological evaluation, I'm willing to take the plunge.



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01 Oct 2007, 10:07 pm

Mw99 wrote:
jnet wrote:
Mw99 wrote:
jnet wrote:
You've just given me the information I've been looking for. I'm going to ask my therapist about this next time I see her. So far in my search, I have not been able to determine how exactly AS is diagnosed. Thank you. And sorry I can't answer you're question, but if I hear anything good from my therapist I'll let you know.


jnet, your therapist might be reluctant to send you to see a neuropsychologist, for the obvious reasons.

Go to http://www.aspergers.com/asplist.htm to find a neuropsychologist in your area.


What are the obvious reasons?


Your therapist makes a living talking to patients. Why would he/she want to lose you to some other mental health professional? Actually, you might go see a neuropsychologist and still continue going to your therapy sessions. Ignore what I told you then. But you don't need your therapists permission to go see a neuropsychologist. Who cares what your therapist thinks?


I'm merely hoping to glean information from her about who I might see in this area. I do plan to continue seeing her as she's been a big help. And this is probably rare, but I had a pyschiatrist who referred me to a different psychiatrist bc she believed it was in my best interest to do so, even though it meant one less patient for her. There's a lot of bad ones out there, but I have managed to find a good one, and both my current therapist and psychiatrist work in the same office collaboratively.


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01 Oct 2007, 10:07 pm

sinsboldly wrote:
and why do people say they "suffer" from Asperger's Syndrome??

what's up with that??

Merle


Well, a few of us thought it would be funny to play a little joke on "the establishment". Maybe it wasn't such a good idea, after all. :roll:


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01 Oct 2007, 10:26 pm

Mw99 wrote:
sinsboldly wrote:
Health Insurance usually stops benefits for Autism or neurological issues at 6 years of age.


Usually? What are the rare cases when they cover neurological issues for adults?

I don't care. If I have to pay money out of my own pockets to get a neuropsychological evaluation, I'm willing to take the plunge.


sorry, some insurance companies pay neurological benefits to age 8.

Merle



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01 Oct 2007, 10:46 pm

sinsboldly wrote:
Mw99 wrote:
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Health Insurance usually stops benefits for Autism or neurological issues at 6 years of age.


Usually? What are the rare cases when they cover neurological issues for adults?

I don't care. If I have to pay money out of my own pockets to get a neuropsychological evaluation, I'm willing to take the plunge.


sorry, some insurance companies pay neurological benefits to age 8.

Merle


my bad

wouldn't they at least cover the initial diagnosis?



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01 Oct 2007, 10:48 pm

yep



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01 Oct 2007, 11:10 pm

Mw99 wrote:
sinsboldly wrote:
Mw99 wrote:
sinsboldly wrote:
Health Insurance usually stops benefits for Autism or neurological issues at 6 years of age.


Usually? What are the rare cases when they cover neurological issues for adults?

I don't care. If I have to pay money out of my own pockets to get a neuropsychological evaluation, I'm willing to take the plunge.


sorry, some insurance companies pay neurological benefits to age 8.

Merle


my bad

wouldn't they at least cover the initial diagnosis?


up to age 6 and sometimes age 8. Insurance companies knows there is no 'cure'. If you have mental illness or psychosis that is a different benefit, but for Autism Spectrum. . .none after ages 6 or 8



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02 Oct 2007, 1:04 am

no clue about your area, in mine I can get assessed for anything I want for $350 a pop on a sliding scale fee...


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