WHO SEEKS ASSESSMENT?
Elementary, middle and high school students who are struggling academically, emotionally or socially. Public schools will provide an evaluation to determine special education eligibility free of charge. There is a 60 day timeline after you sign an assessment plan.
Families of private school children who are struggling and prefer to handle the evaluation process privately.
Students who have been assessed and parents would like a second opinion.
Parents seeking IQ testing for private school admission.
High school students seeking testing accommodations (SAT, ACT, etc.).
Young adults who were never diagnosed or were, and are noticing the impact of learning differences in college or the work place.
Independent Evaluations (conducted when there is a disagreement between parents and school districts). See the CA Education Code section 56329b for further information.
WHAT WILL THE ASSESSMENT COVER?
A comprehensive evaluation will include cognitive and academic assessment, processing skills, attention, executive functioning, social, emotional and adaptive measures (as necessary). Family, health, developmental and educational history is also included. Depending on the referral concerns, the evaluation can include assessment in the following areas:
Cognitive skills (problem solving, verbal and nonverbal reasoning, etc.) –this testing does yield an IQ score
Academic skills as compared to other students in your child’s age group
Reading – Decoding, reading fluency & comprehension
Math – Math calculation & problem solving skills
Writing – Grammar, spelling, and essay writing
Visual processing and visual reasoning skills
Auditory processing, phonological processing, and verbal reasoning
Sensory motor skills – fine motor & visual motor integration skills
Memory abilities – Long term, short term, auditory, visual, sequential and working memory.
Social, emotional and behavioral skills
Adaptive Skills (self-help, communication, etc.)
In addition, the evaluation report will include explanation of an educational diagnosis should data indicate there is one. A road map of recommendations for support across environments will be provided.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS?
Step 1: Intake meeting with Tara Eddy. Tara will put together an individualized evaluation proposal based on your child's needs.
Step 2: Rating scales, interviews and observations. You know your child best. Parents need to fill out questionnaires and rating scales about your child's history, academic progress, social, emotional and behavioral strengths and weaknesses. Parents will also be asked to bring in school history, report cards and other relevant documents.
Step 3: Your child will be observed in the school setting (if appropriate, this typically takes place for 45-60 minutes).
Step 4: Testing begins. For a full, comprehensive evaluation, your child will typically be tested in 4 sessions that range in length from 3-4 hours. Smaller evaluations will typically be completed within 2-3 testing sessions. IQ testing is completed in 1 session. For each assessment, the examiner dedicates 30-40 hours of time.
Step 5: Review report, diagnoses (if applicable) and recommendations with Tara Eddy.
Step 6: Meet with your child's school to share results and in school recommendations if desired. This is highly recommended.