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FAQs about the center


Do you file with insurance companies? No, we do not. We will provide you a receipt of payment that can be submitted to a health insurance provider. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to inquire about evaluation services covered, as it varies greatly between providers and plans. Children who are diagnosed with autism may qualify for early behavioral services through their health insurance provider (Autism Insurance Coverage and Mental Health Parity legislation (SB 676)). We strongly encourage you to visit the Autism Society of NC for more information.


Do you provide therapy or mental health counseling for children? No. The Dawson Center only provides psychological evaluations for children 2 years old to 6 years old. 

How long is the waiting list to get my child evaluated? We are currently scheduling within a week to two from the initial phone call or Request for Assessment.

What are your fees for an assessment? Our fees are usually between $1200 and $1600 depending on the assessment plan that we will develop together based on your child's specific needs. In-home assessments are usually $2500 in Wake County (in-home assessments in other counties may incur different costs). Taxes are charged at the current rate. The fee for all assessments includes:

  • Initial parent telehealth interview and developmental history

  • An in-person evaluation session

  • Any interviews with parents, teachers, and therapists

  • Scoring of tests

  • Analysis of the information

  • A final discussion and written report with the psychologist's final interpretation and customized recommendations

Begin by requesting an assessment.

Which forms of payment do you accept, and when are payments due?  Payment is accepted through the Client Portal using credit card. Money orders and bank checks are also accepted. We do not accept checks, cash, or credit cards outside of the Client Portal. 

We are currently scheduling evaluations. To accommodate parents with busy schedules, appointments can be scheduled on weekends or late afternoons. Parents, pediatricians, and other referral partners can contact us at 919-533-8726 for more information.

FAQs about autism and other things

What are early red flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? What types of behaviors and characteristics would the psychologist be looking for during an autism assessment? An excellent resource for this information is the Autism Society of North Carolina. The Autism Speaks organization is also a helpful resource.

What is the difference between a screening and an evaluation?  What is the difference between an educational and a medical diagnosis of ASD? This is a very common question. The Autism Community in Action has an excellent explanation about this.

Are there any other agencies who complete developmental assessments for young children in Wake county? There are many different agencies and private practitioners who complete assessments for children, including:


Where can I find milestone checklists and information about child development? The CDC offers a milestone checklist, as does Project Enlightenment.

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