Getting a formal assessment of dyspraxia in the US

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Getting a formal assessment of dyspraxia in the US

Postby allesandro » Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:05 am

I have never been formally diagnosed with dyspraxia but as a licensed psychotherapist who has done a great deal of research on the subject I fit all of the classic symptoms since childhood. I decided I do want to get formally diagnosed by a neuropsychologist, which is how one has to do it in the US and my research led me to the process by which the neurosychologists perform these evals. The bottom line is that the eval itself would cost about $5,000 and if i wanted therapy to address the issue of trauma I have accumulated over a lifetime that would cost an additional $2,000per month. My insurance, thanks to Donald Trump would require that I spend the first $10,000 without any reimbursement and after that they would cover about 50% of the treatment up to a certain limit. This is needless to say untenable for me.
So I have decided to go to a University where I would be treated by a doctoral student in neuropsychology at a very affordable rate. i have to travel to do it but I have no choice. You Brits have no idea of how lucky you are to be in a socialist nation. My appointment for the intake is tomorrow so I'm a little nervous,but also proud of myself for going through this in the only way I can possibly manage it.

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Re: Getting a formal assessment of dyspraxia in the US

Postby NoLimitations » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:45 pm

good luck today.

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Re: Getting a formal assessment of dyspraxia in the US

Postby Tom fod » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:44 pm

I do hope your appointment went well

Even though we are indeed more fortunate in having the the NHS, there is regrettably not a great deal of provision to support adults with dyspraxia. I do accept that comparatively, we are way ahead in many respects.

I guess if I had to come up with an analogy it's as if there is a support bus, but we have to climb a 10ft broken glass topped wall between us and the bus stop, yet unbeknownst to us there's a hidden but unlocked hidden pull to open door with an incorrectly applied push sign. Those that do somehow make it over the wall and are somehow able to land on their feet and still have the rjght change may be able to blag a seat on the bus. Of course I am probably grossly oversimplifying it as we are still unique individuals.

I've strongly feel that there needs to be a much better appreciation of the psychological impact of dyspraxia and how we can better support people to feel more enabled and have greater chances to find/achieve their potential.
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Re: Getting a formal assessment of dyspraxia in the US

Postby allesandro » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:09 pm

Thanks, I thought it was a great deal easier to get assessed for dyspraxia in the UK. I had no idea. I am happy to report however that my appointment with a therapist at a local University last week went quite well. In addition, they offer neuropsychological evaluations as well and for only one hundred fifty dollars, which is a mere fraction of the average cost. The therapist herself seems like quite a good fit also; so I am actually more than pleased. Thanks to all who have expressed both their support and good wishes. It is much appreciated.


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