DIAGNOSTIC TESTING & EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING
FOR CHILDREN, TEENS AND ADULT STUDENTS
Is school a constant struggle? Do you wonder if there's something else going on, like dyslexia or other type of learning disability, or other weakness getting in the way of learning and progress? If so, you may have experienced significant frustration and may have even run into roadblocks in accessing help for your child at school. A psychoeducational assessment analyzes the problems you or your child is having related to learning, looks for reasons that explain the difficulties, and then provides recommendations to address those challenges and build on the student’s strengths. The assessment can determine the presence of a learning disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficits such as ADHD, and other processing disorders in order to provide solution focused recommendations and supports needed to address the problem.
Have you wondered:
- Why does my child seem to struggle so much in school, despite putting in so much time studying? His grades don’t reflect his effort!
- She can read to me but never seems to understand what she just read.
- My daughter has terrible test anxiety and I think she needs extra help at school.
- My child studies so hard and seems to know the material, but then fails all the tests!
- He can tell me what he wants to say but can’t get it down onto paper himself.
- Homework is a daily battle – there must be something else going on!
- My son seems completely unmotivated and is getting terrible grades. How can I help him?
- She seems to be capable of so much more. Why does she seem to not work to her potential?
Do you think your child might benefit from:
- Additional support or services at school, such as interventions, a 504, or an IEP to address your student’s academic, social, or behavioral needs.
- Extended time for tests (such as classroom tests, or standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT).
- Accommodations such as extended time or breaks, or use of supports such as use of a calculator, computer, or having the test read to the student.
KIRA HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH:
- Specific Learning Disabilities, including Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Dyslexia
- Attention deficits, including ADHD
- Executive Functioning Deficits
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairments
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Anxiety, Depression and Emotional Disturbances
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Other health impairments that impact learning
TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS OFFERED:
1. INTELLIGENCE TESTING
Assessment is often sought for Intelligence testing for admission to gifted programs such as GATE and MENSA. This is often referred to as IQ testing, and is typically administered in just one session.
2. PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
The comprehensive, personalized diagnostic assessment uncovers learning weaknesses, as well as strengths to build upon to help your child progress academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. Where appropriate, provision of a psychoeducational diagnosis for educationally related issues, such as dyslexia, anxiety, or ADHD, provides specific information on how to help your child address challenges and move toward success. The in depth assessment includes detailed, helpful recommendations tailored to your student’s needs for easy implementation at home and school settings to maximize success.
3. TRANSITION AND ADULT ASSESSMENT
For students of all ages (yes, college students and adult learners too!) a diagnostic assessment can provide valuable information on learning strengths and weaknesses. We never stop learning, and that means as adults, we are lifelong learners! Many times, college students and adults seek an assessment for themselves – maybe school was always a struggle, they’ve always wondered if they had an attention deficit or learning disability, or they just want to know how they learn best. An adult assessment offers information that can be utilized to maximize learning employment skills or college and vocational success. Appropriate recommendations and possible accommodations are included based upon assessment data.
If you are considering an assessment, please know that you can contact your school district to request an assessment, free of charge. Typically, your school will go through a Student Study Team meeting (or similar meeting) to discuss your concerns and the educational impact to determine if an assessment is warranted. Simply contact your child’s school to make this request. Kira is also available to consult on individual cases as needed. Many parents already have completed assessments and IEP’s, and simply seek Kira's services for consultation to review existing information and provide recommendations from an experienced resource outside of their school system. Very often, simply obtaining a “second opinion” from a trusted outside source is helpful. Kira is available to consult with parents if you need help with the SST process, previous assessments, 504's and IEP's.
5. OBTAINING SCHOOL SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
As a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Kira Christensen is adept at evaluating students and providing assessments that are extremely thorough and cover any area of suspected disability that may indicate your child may be eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. With extensive experience working with both public and private school systems, Kira provides extremely thorough legally defensible psychoeducational assessments that meet requirements for considerations for:
- Special education eligibility (known as an IEP)
- Accommodations in general education (eligibility for a Section 504 plan)
- Gifted and talented programs, such as GATE and MENSA
- College Board accommodations for tests such as the SAT, ACT, and AP exams
- Accommodations in college courses
Determinations of disabilities, recommendations for specific accommodations and eligibility considerations are based on assessment data and therefore specific outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Final decisions regarding provision of accommodations or eligibility for services are site based and outside assessments must be considered. Parents play a vital role in these team decisions, and Kira is available for consultation with parents on reviewing existing assessments, providing new assessments, and navigating the Student Study Team, 504 and IEP processes for general and special education.
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