What’s in an assessment?

The purpose of an assessment is to determine why school (or work) is challenging – and what to do about it.  While every assessment is individualized, the following outlines the general process of what to expect when you work with me.

  • History and Interviews: My first step is to learn as much about you or your child as possible. This most often involves interviews with family and caregivers, formal questionnaires, and a review of any records you can provide.
  • Observation:  For children, I will observe them at school during academic and social times to see how they interact with the learning environment.
  • 1-1 Testing: Direct testing includes two or three sessions to complete specific activities that assess areas such as cognitive ability, problem solving, auditory and visual processing, memory, academics, social skills, emotional processing, and behavior.  Specific tests are chosen based on the student’s individual challenges.
  • Written Report: The written report includes the results of the assessment, an analysis of the student’s learning profile (including a diagnosis when applicable), and – most importantly – an individualized plan with concrete steps moving forward.
  • Helping Your Child Understand: For children, we hold an additional session to help him or her understand the way they learn in their own language.  This includes learning how the different parts of the brain work and interact with each other, as well as playing a game or role play to gain a common understanding between parents and children.
  • Meeting with School/Work: For children, I meet with school staff to discuss the results and talk about new ways to support the child at school.  For adults, I consult with school or work to ensure proper accommodations are implemented.
  • Community Connections: From therapy to Parkour classes, community resources are critical for supporting any struggling learner. Recommended providers or programs will be personally vetted by me for your particular needs.
  • Follow Up: Most parents who complete an assessment report that they find additional questions down the road.  For this reason, we will check in 3-6 months after the final meeting to ensure you fully understand the assessment and that the recommendations are effective.

Questions about assessment?  Just ask!