How might formal testing serve my child?

In today’s world, most of us operate in systems (public education, health care, etc.) that sometimes require a formal diagnosis fo treatment costs to be covered by the insurer or for school’s to approve which services (interventions/accommodations/modifications) are to be provided. We want to understand each family and weigh the pros and cons of choosing to work with us before deciding what to do next.

Why are so many children being diagnosed?

This question has many different answers depending on who you ask. A great book that aligns with our philosophy is A Compromised Generation by Beth Lambert.

Why don’t you take insurance?

Any time insurance is involved, a formal, specifically coded diagnosis is required in the records to justify coverage or treatment. Only some diagnostic codes are reimbursed, while others are not. Rendering a specific diagnosis in order for insurance to pay for treatment means practitioners face a serious ethical dilemma as a helper. On the other side of things, with health care and electronic records, it becomes likely that your child’s mental health information file will include a diagnosis that may follow a child into adulthood. We can’t predict what that will mean for a child’s future in terms of career or education. We feel strongly about protecting your privacy and your child’s career and academic choices for the future. At your request we will provide coded receipts that you may submit to your insurance provider.

Does my child need evaluation and therapy both?

Not necessarily. Diagnostic evaluation and therapy are separate services. While they sometimes go hand in hand, each child’s needs are uniquely considered whenever you choose to work with us.

How many therapy sessions will we need in order to see progress?

Every family is so unique and there are many variables. Research in play therapy suggests a minimum of 14-16 weekly sessions. For therapy to work for a child, consistently attended, weekly sessions are recommended by our team. To make the most of your child’s therapy, our parents are encouraged to grow too by learning a comprehensive parenting philosophy called Conscious Discipline, by Becky Bailey. Her book is called Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline and is available on Amazon. It’s pretty fun to learn and grow alongside your child!

If I’ve made some mistakes in parenting, will the therapist think I’m a bad parent?

NOT AT ALL! We strongly believe that parents have the most difficult job and just like any job – to do it well takes the right tools – and in this day and age, that is changing rapidly! We LOVE equipping parents with tools and heaps and heaps of encouragement and compassion. It’s like trimming a tree – some branches grow in ways that need to be trimmed. Other branches need more light and air to grow better. The tree is never judged for growing branches that we might someday trim back. Trimming branches is just part of taking care of and nurturing the tree. We love and respect parents and children as much as we love and respect trees.

How do I tell my child they will have testing?

We think honesty is always the best policy and usually kids have no problem warming up and developing rapport after 15 minutes or so in our office. After all, it’s full of toys. Just let them know they will be coming to a place to spend time with a friend who loves to learn how kids’ brains work. It will feel a lot like school, only there’s just one “teacher” and it’s much more fun just because she is really nice and encouraging. They are kind of teaching her too because they are coming with their unique brain. All they have to do is try their best and be themselves!

How do I tell my child they will have weekly therapy?

Honesty is always best. You can tell your child or teen that one of the most important jobs of a kid is to learn and grow. Parents are supposed to be a part of that job too. Sometimes we get disconnected from enjoying the job and disconnected from one another and we need someone who is good at helping us reconnect. The child’s job in therapy specifically is to feel our feelings and to be connected to ourselves and our therapist. For young children, they connect through play more so than through verbal dialogue. Therapy works best when the child doesn’t have instructions to “talk about xyz.” It also works best when parents just listen if the child shares what they worked on in therapy. Your therapist will have scheduled time to meet with you and discuss treatment and progress.

How do I find your office?

We are searchable on google maps and inside an integrative practice called Brainworx/Structure Chiropractic at 4508 Legacy Drive, Suite 200 in Plano, TX. The new signs have been ordered but we are not currently advertised as “Neurodevelopment Associates” on the curbside placard or on the office entry door. It’s kind of fun to be in a secret location…okay, not really.

What are the next steps to get started?

Call 469.408.0331 or email (drkoehler@neurodevelopmentx.com) and Dr. Koehler will personally assist you and then have the required forms sent to you. You can also schedule your first parent session and the child’s weekly standing appointment time for therapy or testing date(s) for diagnostic testing. Please share what days/times work best for you right away so we can reserve appointment times for you whenever possible.