Preparing for Your Visit
Referral for a Neurodevelopmental Assessment
Referrals can be made by parents, physicians, schools or other professionals. Upon receipt of an intake form, an authorization for testing will be obtained by the Neurodevelopmental Center, and an appointment for the evaluation will be scheduled. Please note that many insurance companies may require prior authorizations or may not cover assessment services if the service is solely for educational purposes or for diagnosing a learning disability.
Request an Appointment
Appointment request form (history intake)
Or you may mail the completed form to:
MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center
Neurodevelopmental Center, 2nd floor
57 Highland Avenue Salem, MA 01970
A neurodevelopmental evaluation appointment also requires that you fill out and return the form above.
These forms help us with valuable information necessary to determine the type of services needed.
Any additional information which you believe might be relevant, such as other recent evaluations (e.g. a School or CORE evaluation, prior psychological or neuropsychological testing reports), special education plans (Individual Education Plans, or IEPs), or recent therapy reports, should also be sent. This information is reviewed when it is received. You will be contacted if we have any initial questions. Once you return the Intake Form, you will be placed on our Wait List.
Please inform us if testing is scheduled or being requested elsewhere in the near future (e.g., through school).
1. An initial brief meeting will be scheduled prior to the evaluation.
- The meeting helps us better understand your questions and concerns and to determine how we may best be able to serve you.
- Most insurance companies require prior authorization for psychological or neuropsychological testing. Also at this time, alternative options for covering these evaluations can be discussed. The hospital accepts most insurance plans in Massachusetts. Please note that most insurance companies do not pay for testing solely for educational purposes.
- Children under the age of 18 do not typically need to come to these initial meetings.
- Insurance companies may cover the cost of this initial meeting. Please check with your own insurance company.
- The initial meeting will be scheduled closer to the time you will be able to get an appointment for an actual evaluation. Consequently, it may not be scheduled immediately after returning the Intake Form, as we typically have a long Wait List.
2. Once authorization is obtained, the actual evaluation will be scheduled.
- A parent or guardian should accompany the child to the Center. (It is not necessary for both parents to attend). If someone else has to bring your child to the Center, please send a signed consent form giving us permission to test your child. This note should be signed by parent or guardian, and sent along with your child on the day the appointment is scheduled.
- Depending on the type of evaluation required, it could take anywhere from a few hours to a full day. Parents should be prepared to take their child to lunch if the evaluation takes more than the morning. Parents of younger children should also be prepared to stay for the length of the appointment.
- Please do not bring your child if he/she has an illness that may be contagious or transmittable (for example, the flu, chicken pox, conjunctivitis, strep throat). Your appointment can be rescheduled when your child is well.
- If your child normally takes medication, please discuss this with the clinician prior to the day of testing.