They’re also not arranged and paid for by the school. You’ll need to find and hire the private evaluator yourself. The costs can be very high. Sometimes, insurance will cover private evaluations. You might be able to
get a low-cost or free private evaluation. But for the most part, parents pay out of pocket.
A private evaluation is a tool to better understand your child’s challenges and get the best help possible. But it’s also a business transaction. The more you ask up front, the better able you’ll be to choose a good evaluator for your child and avoid disagreements.
This checklist can help you get the answers you need to find the right fit.
Are you a licensed provider?
What is your area of specialization?
How many years have you been in practice?
Do you have expertise in evaluating kids with learning and thinking differences?
How many children have you evaluated who have difficulties like my child’s?
How much will the evaluation cost?
What is the wait time for starting the evaluation? (It’s usually a good sign if the evaluator isn’t available immediately.)
What should my child and I expect on the day of the evaluation? How long will it take?
What types of tests are you planning to give my child?
Will you be completing the evaluation yourself, or will you have interns or assistants doing some of it?