An observation of the student in their classroom is often recommended for elementary school children.
It takes several days to a week for results to be scored and interpreted. At that point we will schedule a two hour meeting with the parents or the adult student to review the test results and discuss recommendations.
A two hour interview with parents, or the student if the student is an adult. This gives us a chance to review the history, get to know each other and take care of paperwork.
The first aspect of the assessment process is the cognitive assessment. We will evaluate various learning processes including short-term memory, long-term memory, working memory, divided attention, directed attention, auditory attention, processing speed, oral language, visual processing, planning, organization, time management, verbal conceptual skills, visual perceptual skills, reasoning and problem-solving.
Schedule the assessment appointments with the student. Sessions will last between 1-3 hours depending on the age of the student and their ability to sustain focus and effort. We want the student at their best. We will balance the amount of time in each session against the timeline to complete the assessment process. The total time spent with the student depends on their age, and the requirements of any school or testing service that we may ask for accommodations.
An academic assessment will look at skills, fluency and the ability to integrate and use information learned in the three major areas of reading, math, and written language.
An assessment of the student's emotional and social functioning is often helpful. Components of this assessment include their sense of self, sense of others, emotions, coping and perceptions.
A briefer meeting with the child is scheduled to review test results. This is an essential part of the process to assure the student we understand their challenges and know how to help. It is also essential to discuss their strengths.
After integrating any new information from the feedback meetings, the report will be finalized and provided to you and anyone else you wish. Any additional meetings with school staff or other professionals will be scheduled and completed.