Why Comprehensive Evaluation?
Every child is different. Every child’s brain is unique and every child’s learning style is also different. For every child with learning challenges, it is important to identify what these strengths and needs are so that he/she can learn and be taught as much and as well as possible, receive the appropriate accommodations and support in order to achieve his/her fullest potential in academic as well as other important aspects of his/her life.
One of the ways to do this is with a comprehensive evaluation. Unlike curriculumbased assessment usually provided in the school setting, a comprehensive evaluation is one-on-one and uses a variety of tools and methods to gain better understanding of your child’s learning profile (aptitude and attitude). This comprehensive evaluation is conducted by dedicated and reliable professionals in psychology, education, special education, counseling and other disciplines.
Our comprehensive evaluation is comprised of five steps:
Initial Interview: During an initial screening interview, the parents (and the child when appropriate) will meet with the assessors to discuss any ongoing issues and determine if a comprehensive evaluation is reasonable and necessary.
Psychometric & Educational Testing: The child will then be given various tests to assess his/her cognitive abilities (IQ), memory, attention, reading and writing. The testing duration will be adjusted to your child’s individual needs, but will typically last four to six hours.
Assessment of Social-Emotional and Behavioural Functioning: This part of assessment involves gathering collateral and qualitative information that would allow the assessor to better understand your child. Interviews with parents are conducted and questionnaires are given to the parents, teacher and student to complete.
Report and Recommendations: Scored test results, interview insights, and questionnaire information is developed into a comprehensive report for parents. The report will also include recommendations for any necessary school accommodations and at-home support strategies.
Feedback Session: The parents (and student when appropriate) will meet with the assessors to go over the report. At this time, the assessors will discuss the recommendations and answer any questions that parents may have.
Our Comprehensive Evaluation:
- Dyslexia screening test (Reading ability-oral reading rate, spelling, reading comprehension, receptive vocabulary, writing,-checklist/questionnaire, spatial ability, and IQ).
- Dyscalculia screening test (number sense and counting, calculation, place value, multiplication and division, word problem, formal written numeracy, checklist/questionnaire, spatial ability, and IQ)
- General Learning Difficulty
- Attention & Behavioural
- Social-Emotional & Behavioural
- Cognitive Ability Test (IQ)
- Developmental (motor, concept, language, social-emotional)
- Test of Visual Perceptual Skills
- Test of Auditory Processing Skills