Educational Evaluations Can Be Confusing
It’s important to remember how difficult it is for some children to navigate and negotiate their school day. By identifying and understanding your child’s strengths and vulnerabilities, you will be able to make the best decisions for your child’s future.
If your child is at an academic, social and emotional crossroads with regard to their performance and functioning level, I can provide additional guidance on how to move forward. As a learning specialist and educator who has worked with children and adolescents for more than 3 decades, I know how to read the results of all educational evaluations, including neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations. I am then able to create learning summaries that include a formal diagnosis, strengths, and vulnerabilities as well as effective teaching strategies for your child.
These summaries can serve as a tool to assist professionals working with your children to understand them as individuals and learners.
We help Clients Understand Evaluations and Assessments.
“Dana began working with my daughter, Annie, when she was struggling in 1st grade; Our family had recently moved to the USA and we had no experience of the public school system. Dana was able to assist the whole family, educating my husband and me on the necessary processes, and helped us arrange an educational assessment for our daughter. This culminated in a meeting with the CSE and resulted in a classification for our daughter.”
“Dana is a knowledgeable, dedicated and resourceful professional. After sharing our frustration with Dana regarding our son’s behavior and academic challenges, she quickly identified resources and actions to pursue. Her guidance was extremely helpful particularly in identifying a diagnosis and treatment program.”
“Having worked with Dana Stahl for several years, I have always been impressed by her advocacy for her students. Her background as a learning specialist has provided Dana with an understanding of the meaning of Psychoeducational and Neuropsychoeducational reports. She also has the ability to articulate these results in a clear and concise manner. All of this enables her to help students become successful and be placed in the right learning environment. As a member of the admissions team at The Hackley School, Dana was an invaluable resource.”
What are Educational Evaluations?
Before your child can receive help for a learning disability their school must conduct an evaluation or assessment to determine if it is a learning disability or some other problem This evaluation or psychoeducational assessment describes your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. It is used as the basis for creating your child’s IEP.
The Evaluation is Designed to Answer These Questions
- Does the child have a learning disability?
- what are their academic and cognitive abilities?
- What are their academic and cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the appropriate educational recommendations and accommodations?
A Team of Professionals Conducts all Educational Evaluations
This team is made up of teachers, parent, school administrators, school psychologist, and other specialists such as speech and reading. Educational evaluations are not just one test or assessment. It is a series of tests and assessments from a wide range of people including you, the parents. Here are some of the tests and assessments included
- Psychological Evaluation-How your child learns best as well as social skills.
- Physical Exam-Vision, Hearing, and General Health
- Observations-From classrooms
- Educational Testing-To measure your child’s skills and needs
- Functional Behavioral Assessments-Information from teachers and others aimed at understanding your child’s behavior in a variety of settings
- The evaluation should take no more than 60 days to complete including a written assessment.