Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Information about Assessments

Are assessments sometimes anxiety-provoking and exhausting? Yes!
But, an assessment by a skilled evaluator can be enormously helpful in planning your child’s education. 
In our four-part series on Assessment, you'll get an overview of developmental assessments, read about the most common types of assessments, find out how to choose an evaluator, and learn how to understand your child's test scores.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, Dr. Aida Khan, clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist, provides an overview of testing and evaluation.
Please don't hesitate to forward this series to other friends, families, or colleagues.

How Do You Make Wise Decisions About Assessments?
I receive calls from parents who say their child needs a neuropsychological evaluation.  I ask if they know what a neuropsychological evaluation is.  Most don’t.
In part 1 of her series, Assessment 101, Dr. Khan explains how an assessment can help your child (and you) manage challenges in learning, emotional functioning, or behavior. Read her Overview of Testing and Evaluation.

What Should You Expect from an Evaluation?
A good evaluation for a learning disability is not as simple as "having your child tested". First, it requires preparation on your part. So plan ahead!
Marianne S. Meyer, M.A. describes What to Expect from an Evaluation.

Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation!
As a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed as quickly as possible.
Wrightslaw advises: Ask Questions, Seek Information. A comprehensive evaluation of your child will give you a roadmap for the future.

What Does IDEA Say About Evaluations?
Many parents, teachers, and psychologists have questions about tests and evaluations.
I am a high school psychologist. What is the law for students who have already been tested 2 times?
I can tell you where to find the correct answer, says Pete Wright.

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