FAQ

Selecting the right clinician can be challenging. We have prepared the following guide to assist you in finding the right psychological care–

1. Who will be performing the testing? Do you use students or techs in your practice?

We believe in highly personalized psychological assessment. At Rebecca Resnik and Associates, the psychologists do all of the testing personally. We believe the psychologist must take the time to get to know you, and/or your child, to accurately interpret the test data. A skilled psychologist knows how to help a child feel comfortable so he can show his full potential. The psychologist’s observational skills are essential to creating customized recommendations for the report. Consequently, we never use students, techs, or psych associates in place of a psychologist. This is a primary reason so many people choose our practice. In our practice, you and your child will never be passed around from person to person as if you were on an assembly line. We strive to make testing a great experience!

If you have questions about testing appointments, you can contact Marsha Miller, our Office Manager at 301 581 1120, Option 1, or mmiller@resnikpsychology.com. If you have more specific questions about testing, you can reach Dr. Rebecca Resnik at 301 581 1120, Option 2, or drresnik@resnikpsychology.com. Please do not send personal information in an email since email is not a secure form of communication.

2. What types of testing do you offer?

We offer neuropsychological testing, psychoeducational testing, emotional testing, admissions testing, testing for special education/test accommodations, and developmental testing (more information about each is under Services on the homepage). We custom design an assessment plan that is designed to address your unique concerns and answer your questions. Each assessment is personalized for you. We can accommodate a wide variety of needs–from working with highly gifted clients, to those who need accommodations for language or motor difficulties (as well as clients who are ‘Twice Exceptional’!). We will work with you to determine what type of testing meets your personal needs. Keep scrolling down to learn more, or see our Services page. Not sure we can do testing for your particular concerns? Please call us or visit our Psychological Testing page to see a list the types of issues we can learn more about through testing  http://www.resnikpsychology.com/services/psychological-testing/

If you have questions about testing appointments, you can contact Marsha Miller, our Office Manager at 301 581 1120, Option 1, or mmiller@resnikpsychology.com. If you have more specific questions about testing, you can reach Dr. Rebecca Resnik at 301 581 1120, Option 2, or drresnik@resnikpsychology.com. Please do not send personal information in an email since email is not a secure form of communication.

3. What if I am not sure testing is needed?

Many families wonder if testing is the right choice. Not every individual shows the typical pattern of symptoms/concerns you can easily google–particularly highly gifted individuals, and girls (who are often under-represented in research studies). You may have heard incorrect or out of date (though probably well-meaning) advice from friends, relatives, or teachers about testing. It is always best to consult a Doctoral Level Psychologist if you have questions about psychological testing. It is important to listen to your ‘gut’ if you sense something is not right. We believe in recommending the right care for each client, and will help you decide what is right for you. Scheduling a consultation with one of our psychologists helps determine if testing would be useful. We believe in giving our clients the information they need so that every family can feel confident in making the right choices for their child. If testing is not indicated, or is best postponed, we make sure you are connected with trusted clinicians who can offer the right solutions for your concerns.

If you have questions about testing appointments, you can contact Marsha Miller, our Office Manager at 301 581 1120, Option 1, or mmiller@resnikpsychology.com. If you have more specific questions about testing, you can reach Dr. Rebecca Resnik at 301 581 1120, Option 2, or drresnik@resnikpsychology.com. Please do not send personal information in an email since email is not a secure form of communication.

4. How old does a child need to be for testing? For therapy?

You may have heard that young children are “too young to test.” The research has shown that this is a myth. Early intervention is critical to helping a child before little issues (like dyslexia, language delays, or behavior issues) become big problems. We can test a child as young as two years old. Our Psychologists have expertise in working with very young children. Our Psychologists understand how important it is for a child to feel comfortable, and to follow the child’s pace. We offer tests that are language-free or motor-free, so that every child can demonstrate their true abilities. We are also flexible in our approach, thus we can accommodate children with sensory hypersensitivites, or children who need to move around a lot. Our psychologists know how to make testing a positive experience so children can perform at their best. Testing very young children should include a home/school/daycare observation whenever possible.

Therapy is appropriate for people of any age who need help coping with issues in their lives. Very young children can, and do, benefit from psychotherapy. Therapy with parent coaching can greatly improve family life if the child’s issues are creating stress at home. Again, it is often easier to fix little problems instead of waiting until they become big problems. There is no ‘right’ age to begin–the decision to begin should be guided by a need to make something better in a person’s life, not their age. Please contact Laura Morlok, LCPC, our Director of Psychotherapy if you’d like more information. You can reach her through the main number 301 581 1120 or at lmorlok@resnikpsychology.com (please do not send personal/private information over email)

5. Do you do testing for private school admissions?

Yes, we do, and we are trusted by a wide range of independent and religious schools in the DC Metropolitan area. We understand what a critical moment entrance testing is in your child’s life, and that many families are competing for slots in the best programs. Since IQ testing can only be done once a year, you have ‘one shot’ at obtaining scores that show your child’s true potential. If the testing experience is substandard, your child could be excluded from the right program through no fault of his or her own. It is essential to select just the right provider.

In our practice, your child will work exclusively with a doctoral level, Licensed Psychologist (not students, not techs, not associates!). Unlike practices that test many children in a day (‘factory style’), our psychologists will take the time to work at your child’s pace. For example, if your child needs more time to settle in, to take breaks, or is a cautious worker, we honor that child’s needs. Nothing is more important than making sure your child has had the opportunity to show what he or she can do! We understand that finding the right school can be stressful, and that prompt results are critical. We can often let you know your child’s scores in 24 hours, though it typically takes a few days to a week to prepare a polished report. Let us know if you have a deadline and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We are trusted by independent schools to provide accurate information that describes the child as a unique person, not just a list of scores pasted into a template. Your psychologist will prepare a personalized report for independent schools, which will be available within a week.  When you call, please make us aware of your deadlines and specific tests your school requires. Please also see our FAQ item (#16) on how to prepare for admissions testing.

6. What is your process for seeing a therapist? What is the processes for testing?

Typically, it starts with a recommendation from your school, physician, or therapist. You may call us (301)581-1120 and speak with Marsha Miller, Office Manager, between 9 and 1 pm, by selecting Option One. After 1 o’clock, you can select Option 2 to be connected with Dr. Resnik. If you are inquiring about therapy, we will connect you with our Director of Psychotherapy, Laura Morlok, LCPC, lmorlok@resnikpsychology.com, who helps you select the clinician who is right for you. To arrange a phone call, you can email us at mmiller@resnikpsychology.com, lmorlok@resnikpsychology.com, or drresnik@resnikpsychology.com (please do not send personal/private information in an email).

For therapy. After your phone call with Laura Morlok, the next step is an intake session with your Therapist (90 minutes). Your Therapist will learn about you and work with you to create a treatment plan to achieve your goals. Most clients meet with their Therapist weekly, but some prefer to begin with bi-weekly sessions. We provide individual and group therapy. We also provide parent coaching.

For testing. The first step is likely to be a call with our Office Manager, Marsha Miller, who will answer your general questions and connect one of Psychologists. We take care to make sure your Psychologist is a good match for your needs and your schedule. We know that once you have decided on testing, you want results as soon as possible. We will schedule the 90 minute Intake and testing appointments with you via phone or through our online system. We will send you secure online forms to complete. Completing the forms will finalize and reserve your appointment. Your psychologist will be with you every step of the way through the testing (we do not use students or technicians in our practice). After we have all of our test data, your psychologist will give you a finished report during a feedback session. Our goal is to offer you this feedback session two weeks after all the test data are obtained. Our reports include an action plan with specific recommendations for what to do next. We also provide concierge services to connect you with the right experts to address your needs. Your psychologist is also available to meet with educators at your child’s school and consult with your attorney/clinical team.

If you have questions about testing appointments, you can contact Marsha Miller, our Office Manager, at 301-581-1120, Option 1, or mmiller@resnikpsychology.com. If you have more specific questions about testing, you can reach Dr. Rebecca Resnik at 301 581 1120, Option 2, or drresnik@resnikpsychology.com. Please do not send personal information in an email since email is not a secure form of communication.

7. Do your reports include recommendations for my child’s school?

We pride ourselves on offering customized, data-driven recommendations for independent and public schools, from preschool to college. Dr. Rebecca Resnik holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and believes in practical recommendations based on best-practice and current research. It is also essential that our recommendations fit with your child’s school’s learning support program if he or she attends an independent school. Our recommendations for public schools are explicitly designed to inform the IEP/504 plan process.  If our schedules permit, we can attend school meetings to communicate the student’s needs and collaborate with school professionals.

Our psychologists individualize their recommendations for each client (instead of ‘cutting and pasting’ a few stock recommendations). Our personalized recommendations are designed to help educators and advocates understand how best to help your child’s unique strengths and needs. If an IEP/504 plan or test accommodations are indicated, our recommendations include clear statements about appropriate placement, and accommodations.  When an older student with a learning difficulty is preparing for ‘high stakes’ testing, our reports are carefully designed to document the need for appropriate accommodations. We will also recommend trusted service providers such as therapists, physicians, independent/specialty schools, consultants, attorneys, and tutors.

8. What do I tell my child about coming to see a psychologist?

Psychological testing should be a great experience for your child! We have noticed that parents are often more nervous than their children. It is critical for your child or teen to feel comfortable so that they can give their best performance during testing. Tell your child or teen that he/she will be spending the day with a nice person who wants to figure out how they learn best in order to make school easier. Sometimes we let the child or teen know that the psychologist is there to help kids with their worries, strong feelings, or with a specific issue in the child’s life. Tell a young child that this is not the type of doctor who gives shots (but like the physician, we do have a prize box for the end of the appointment). Let your child know they are going to work hard, but have a positive experience.  The more comfortable you are feeling about the testing, the more your child will feel at ease.

9. Do you provide expert witness testimony?

We provide expert testimony for cases related to special education or services for children/adults with disabilities. Our practice works closely with special education attorneys to assist them in obtaining the best outcomes for their clients. We perform forensic testing (psychological testing to be used to inform court cases/settlements/mediation) and Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs). We are proud to be on the approved tester lists for local school systems. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Resnik or have your attorney contact her directly to discuss if your case is a good fit for our practice.

We do not do custody evaluations or parental fitness testing, but are happy to refer you to trusted professionals who offer these services.

 

10. Do you do testing for SAT/ACT and ‘High Stakes’ test accommodations?

Yes, and we have an excellent ‘track record’ of having our recommendations trusted by standardized testing companies. Our results are trusted because we make appropriate recommendations for accommodations that are supported by our test data. Testing is an essential part of making sure that a student who needs accommodations does not risk taking standardized tests without them. Our assessments are conducted carefully, to ensure that we select a test battery that will be accepted by the test publisher (it is critical to use tests and methods each company will accept). We also collaborate with schools to ensure that the student’s school learning support plan corresponds to the student’s standardized test taking needs. Recent changes to test publisher policy state that the school learning support plan (or IEP/504) accommodations can be used to inform eligibility for high-stakes tests. Making sure the school plan is specific, and includes the correct testing accommodations, is key.

If you have a student who has learning difficulties, it is important to get the timing right. If your child has a learning support plan in middle school, or you believe he/she needs one, we recommend having testing done in late eighth grade to early ninth grade to ensure that all accommodations are in place before “high stakes” testing begins. Psychological testing results have to be current when you apply for test accommodations. We encourage families to start planning for testing well in advance of the upcoming test (the test publisher’s accommodations application process itself may take >2 months). . Test results cannot be  older than: 5 years ago for a learning disability, 3 years  for ADHD, and  1 year for an emotional/medical disability. Not only will your testing report cover ‘high stakes’ test accommodations, it will include recommendations for accommodations and/or learning supports at the College/University level as well.

11. Can you test a person who has complex needs or a ‘Twice Exceptional’ person?

Yes. We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate individuals with a wide variety of needs. We can assess individuals who would not be able to engage with typical testing materials or who need a flexible approach. For example, we can assess individuals who do not communicate via spoken language, individuals with movement difficulties (including difficulty responding with paper and pencil), or individuals for whom typical testing procedures are overly stressful. We have an extensive library of assessment tools that includes language-free and motor-free tests (see the Psychological Testing page for list of our tests). We can be flexible in our scheduling for test-takers who become overstimulated easily, or who need a lot of movement breaks. We also have instruments for assessing highly gifted individuals, including the Stanford Binet-5 (a measure accepted GT organizations including Mensa and the John’s Hopkins Center for Talented Youth). Our goal is to make every individual feel supported so he or she can show their true abilities.

12. Do I have to stay in the office the whole time while you test my child?

No. We understand how difficult it is for a busy, professional parent to spend a whole day sitting in a waiting room! If your child is five or older (or perhaps younger if he or she regularly attends preschool/daycare), your child is likely to concentrate much better if you help them settle in, then let them focus on their work with their psychologist. Unlike practices that use students or other less experienced techs, our experienced psychologists are skilled in helping your child feel comfortable.

Our psychologists are happy to eat lunch with your child if you’d like (the ‘chatting’ over lunch time is often when many children open up and share their thoughts and feelings). If you’d prefer to stay during your child’s testing, our waiting rooms are very comfortable spots to relax with a good book. You are welcome to do whatever works best for your child and your schedule.

13. Will we have a face-to-face feedback session?

Yes, we will make every attempt to offer you a feedback appointment two weeks after all the data are collected. If you need a preliminary review of results before the final report is complete, just let us know. Our feedback sessions are typically one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the situation. Your psychologist will provide you with a copy of the report during the feedback appointment (unless you have requested a preliminary feedback session sooner). We always offer the family the chance to review the report, and to ask additional questions or request changes to reflect family preferences. We can provide edited copies of the full report for educational purposes (so long as it would not compromise ethical standards to do so).  We want every family to be completely satisfied with the finished product. Our goal is for you to have a rich understanding of your child/yourself, and to feel confident in moving forward with your action plan. Your psychologist remains available to answer any follow up questions or provide referrals to trusted professionals after the feedback session. Additional feedback or follow up appointments are available upon request at our hourly rate.

14. Will insurance help with the costs?

We are out of network providers, which means that clients are responsible for the full balance for all services rendered. We cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse you for psychological services. Because the costs of providing high level care in the Bethesda metro area are significant, most of the psychologists in our area do not serve on insurance panels. We wish that insurance companies would make it possible to do so without sacrificing the quality of care.

When you schedule your appointment, our office manager can provide you with the procedure codes you need in order to arrange for preauthorization from your insurance company. This does not guarantee reimbursement from your insurance company. Please be aware that preauthorization does not mean your insurance company will accept your claim, or reimburse you for any of your expenses. We cannot assume any responsibility for your insurance company’s decisions.

Within 30 days after your services are rendered, and you have taken care of your balance in full, we will send you the Superbill and CMF form you need to file a claim with your insurance company. Again, we cannot accept any responsibility for your insurance company’s decisions regarding your claim. Be aware that many claims for psychological testing are rejected the first time, and insurance companies may keep asking for more and more documentation (despite the fact that everything needed to process the claim is contained in the Superbill/CMF forms).

15. Do you offer a payment plan?

We do offer three month payment plans for psychological testing and expert witness services. Call our office manager to learn more.

We recognize that the investment in psychological testing can be a lot to manage all at once. This is especially so if you have one or more children in private school, or if you are going through difficult circumstances such as a divorce or graduate school. Please do not hesitate to ask if we can accommodate your needs.

16. How should I prepare my child for Admissions or GT testing? Should I use a test prep company?

We strongly encourage you to prepare your child for testing by doing things that will actually improve their scores, including: daily exercise, a regular bed time (with an age appropriate amount of sleep), a healthy diet, and lots of exposure to books/puzzles/thinking games and mental challenge. There are, unfortunately, online ‘prep’ companies that steal copyrighted test materials and exploit parents by selling the opportunity to cheat on psychological tests. Though the websites present themselves as if they are being helpful, these people are acting illegally to profit from parent’s love for their child. They are not the sort of people should expose your child to, much less trust with your child’s well being. Importantly, independent schools and GT programs will not consider a child’s application if the family has engaged in cheating or dishonesty. Independent schools in particular are highly concerned about the problem of children being ‘prepped’ for psychological tests (including the WISC and WPPSI). The ethical standard among Psychologists, when they see a child has been “prepped”, or exposed to test materials/tasks, is to stop testing. Psychologists cannot ethically report compromised test scores to a school/GT program. Please do not take the risk with your child’s future.

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