Dr. Aneta Kern (Leczycki) joined our team as the Licensed Pediatric Neuropsychologist. She brings with her a unique skill set by specializing in brain function and child development. Dr. Kern earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed both a predoctoral internship as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology. She is passionate about providing your family with the answers necessary to help your child function at their very best!
Areas of Testing Focus:
While our pediatric testing primarily focuses on individuals 18 years old and under (minimum 2 years, 6 months), those over this age range can be evaluated if the concerns are regarding school/college accommodations.
What is it?
A comprehensive assessment is essential to providing accurate answers to the child’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning and determining where the child’s presenting symptoms and difficulties are truly stemming from.
This can be accomplished by utilizing standardized tests in order to assess various domains such as intelligence, executive functioning, attention, memory, learning, language, motor, visuospatial, adaptive skills, social abilities and emotional/psychological functioning. The doctor will tailor the testing battery to each individual based on information gathered during the clinical intake interview and performance during testing. The tests are presented orally, visually, in writing, or in other formats where the child is asked to perform tasks that involve answering questions, drawing, or building objects.
This information will allow parents, teachers, doctors, and other service providers to best understand what treatments and resources are necessary in order to help the child function at their best, across all settings.
Evaluations can help address concerns such as: developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, concussions, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, memory disorders, language disorders, movement and sensory disorders as well as a variety of psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.
What to Expect/Additional Information:
If you have been referred or believe that your child would benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation, call our front desk in order to schedule an appointment. Please complete the below intake form and bring it to your first appointment. Be sure to bring with you to the first appointment any relevant medical records, school records (grades, IEP/504 plan, psychological evaluations, etc.) as well as any prior evaluations (occupational therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychological, developmental vision, etc). You may also want to review the below brochure which will provide you with some additional information about the process.
While the evaluations for children 6 and under can vary in length of time, those 6 and older can expect to obtain 8 hours of direct patient time (intake, testing, and feedback). This does not include the numerous “behind the scenes” hours which include reviewing relevant records (medical, school, etc), developing an individualized testing battery, scoring, interpreting, and report writing. This is why a neuropsychological evaluation is an invaluable asset to your child’s care.
Age group: 2 years and 6 months – 5 years and 11 months
1st appointment (Intake): Only the parents are asked to attend the clinical intake interveiw appointment (1h) as it tends to be difficult to discuss certain matters with younger children in the room. Upon the completion of this appointment, the testing and feedback appointments will be scheduled. Be sure to bring with you all paperwork mentioned earlier. Expect to go home with various screeners to complete and bring to the next appointment.
2nd appointment (Testing): This appointment can vary in length but will typically range from 1 to 3 hours. You may be asked to sit in with your child during some of the testing or you will be asked to remain in the waiting room. Do not leave the building while your child is testing.
3rd appointment (Feedback): Again, only the parents are asked to attend the feedback appointment (1h). This should take place approximately 3 weeks after testing is completed. At this time, the results of the evaluation will be discussed with the family.
Age group: 6 years old and up
1st appointment (Intake): The parents AND child are are asked to attend the clinical intake interview appointment (1h) as the neuropsychologist will keep the child to begin testing (1h) upon the completion of the intake (2h total appointment time). Upon the completion of this appointment, the additional testing and feedback appointments will be scheduled. Be sure to bring with you all paperwork mentioned earlier. Expect to go home with various screeners to complete and bring to the next appointment.
2nd appointment (Testing) : This appointment can vary in length but will typically involve 5 hours. A typical testing day includes testing 9am to 12pm, an hour lunch break where you and your child are welcome to leave the office, and testing 1pm to 3pm. You may be asked to sit in with your child during some of the testing but will likely be asked to remain in the waiting room. Do not leave the building while your child is testing unless they are of an approved age for you to do so.
3rd appointment (Feedback): Unless the child is 18 years old or of an age where they can comprehend and benefit from the discussion, only the parents are asked to attend the feedback appointment (1h). This should take place approximately 3 weeks after testing is completed. At this time, the results of the evaluation will be discussed with the family.
On rare occasions, testing may need to be split up into two testing days or additional hours of testing may be required. This will be discussed on a case by case basis as it applied to your child.
Please contact our front desk in order to discuss payment questions. While we do not directly deal with insurance, once the evaluation is completed, you will be provided with the necessary information to submit to your insurance to attempt to obtain reimbursement yourself. Reimbursement by insurance is not guaranteed on our end. Payment will be collected on three separate occasions (during intake, testing, and feedback appointments) and final amount will be adjusted as needed during the last feedback appointment. This process will allow your child to receive services faster since insurance clearance for neuropsychological services may take up to several months.
Due to the limited time of the neuropsychologist, attending any school meetings in person will be unlikely. However, phone/email consultations with the school can be scheduled on a case by case basis for an additional fee.
How to Prepare:
With so many pieces to the unique puzzle that is each individual, a neuropsychological evaluation can shed light on what is needed for success!
Anthem BC/BS (Federal) and most out-of-network plans
Dr. Kern’s Education/Credentials:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Christopher Newport University 2006
Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling Ball State University 2009
Doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014
Predoctoral Internship in Pediatric Neuropsychology (Michigan)
Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology (Virginia)
Licensed Psychologist (Virginia)