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 and Feedback Meeting: 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 for both home and school.  We meet to review this report in detail and make sure you understand the results thoroughly.
  • Helping Your Child Understand: For young children, we hold an additional session to help them understand the way they learn in their own language.  Older children are involved in the feedback meeting with the parents, to help them feel ownership over their information and can advocate for themselves in their learning environment (high school, college, and beyond).   In these sessions, children of all ages learn how the different parts of the brain work and interact with each other, as well as how to use their strengths to help support any challenges they face.  For young children, we also create a book together called, “How My Brain Learns Best,” which can be taken home, revised, and read again and again!  Older children and adults take home a diagram of how their brain works for future reference.
  • 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 that they have 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!