Our teenager had an initial interview with a psychologist that was driven in large part by poor academics. The psychologist recommended some broad based psychological assessment testing. The assessments were quite pricey, and it's clear that there's a pretty decent likelihood of ongoing therapy in addition to the assessment cost. Basically, the question is, is it worth it?
One big issue is that they (the psychologists there) don't accept insurance, and the base assessment runs $3,000, with another $500 to include an assessment for a few more things.
The type of testing is similar as shown on this site
(note: this is not Teen's pscyhologist)
The current group has a lot going for it, good psychologist, very convenient, but the cost is a bit high for us.
Another option was to try and find something through our insurance, but a complicating factor is this is in the middle of a job/insurance transition.
Finally, trying to find another group, set up an appointment and everything will take time, and figuring things out sooner rather than later would be better, right?
Is the fee quoted inline with other people's experiences?
Is there significant difference between assessment testing outfits?
How important is it to get things moving quickly?
As for the teen, the only issue is academic performance. No issues with attitude, attendance, or behavioral issues. Teen participates in and enjoys extra-curricular activities at school. The teen is a bit disorganized and forgetful, but reasonably intelligent, performs ok on tests and assessments, but just can't be counted on to turn in homework or long term assignments.
Note: I'm not looking for advice on how to improve the academics of the teen, getting Teen assessed is one of many avenues we're taking on that front. I provided it for background in case it helps in answering the primary questions.
Any help or general guidance is much appreciated.