Sometimes, therapy is not enough to figure out exactly what is causing your child's problems at home, school, or other social settings.
Frequent and long lasting bad moods
Years of inconsistent grades or falling behind in school
Misbehavior in class or at home when doing homework or other structured activities . . .
. . . May pinpoint to issues relating to learning disabilities, self-esteem issues, giftedness, or other issues. Standardized assessment for children experiencing academic and emotional issues can more accurately locate the source of the problem and offer personalized recommendations. Standardized assessment is also known as psychological or psychoeducational evaluations or testing. Dr. Benmeleh provides in-depth, personalized, and strategic evaluations that not only cover the child's complete background history, but provides specific and individualized recommendations to give parents and others concerned a solid framework for action.
The assessment is a four-step process:
Initial interview with parents, review of prior evaluations, school records (school observations).
Parents will meet with Dr. Benmeleh prior to beginning the testing with the child.
Background information related to medical, educational, and social history can help paint a broader picture as to what may be causing some difficulties in your child's ability to learn.
Consents to speak with teachers and other caregivers are obtained. Dr. Benmeleh believes that in order to truly find out what is causing learning difficulties, teachers must be included in the process. A review of school records, prior evaluations, and therapies is helpful to pinpoint the beginnings of concerns and delays.
School observations are optional, though highly recommended.
To gauge your child's behavior in school, it is not only important to get feedback from teachers, but to also observe your child in the natural school environment. Observations tend to be completed prior to the actual evaluation so that your child does not change the behavior in knowing that he/she is being observed.
Furthermore, observations provide rich information:
How does your child relate to other children in classroom?
How does your child relate to the teacher?
How does your child follow rules of classroom?
How does your child manage transitions and areas of change in activities?
What roadblocks are getting in the way of your child to be the optimal student?
With this information, collaboration with the school and teachers becomes more efficient, strategic, and effective.
Selecting assessments is not a one-size-fits-all matter. Tests are selected based on the information gathered from the initial meeting with parents, conversations with teachers, and ongoing evaluation of your child's abilities.
For learning disability assessment: the child's IQ (cognitive abilities), academic achievement, executive functioning, memory abilities, behavioral questionnaires, language acquisition, and other assessments are administered to obtain a well-rounded picture of the scope of your child's ability and potential to learn.
For gifted: A brief background questionnaire is administered along with an IQ assessment
Feedback of assessment in a written report format including recommendations and referrals.
Feedback session include meeting with parents to provide a copy of the final report, discuss results of the evaluation, and create a strategic plan of action for the upcoming changes to facilitate your child's growth and development.
Parents receive a full review of each assessment administered and how results relate to background information, and recommendations as necessary. As parents, you are your child's number one advocate, and your understanding of where your child's needs are is the foundation for getting the support your child needs to succeed. It is my goal to inform you to be able to be that advocate for your child.
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