I have seen this story play out dozens of times: the moment when NYC DOE parents of special needs kids realize that their child requires a neuropsychological evaluation. The parent makes a few calls and then has a panic attack as the average NYC neuropsychological evaluation ranges from $5000 to $10,000. When as a single mom I realized that the price tag for neuropsychological evaluations (with the clinician of my choice) for all three of my special needs sons was going to top $19,500, which I did not have and would never have, I knew that I had to figure out another way.
The big secret is that the DOE does, in fact, fund neuropsychological evaluations. It’s actually their responsibility to fund them. According to special education law, IDEA refers to District funded evaluations as Individual Educational Evaluations or IEEs. There are many roads to a funded neuropsychological evaluation. For this post, we’ll take the simplest road.