My child is nervous about testing. How can I prepare them for an evaluation?
When I talk with clients and their families, I emphasize that this experience will be like playing fun brain-teaser games. It is not a pass-fail sort of test, and you do not need to have studied for anything beforehand. I will ask some questions that are very easy, and there will be questions that you will not know the answers to, and that is by design. I need to know what you don’t know, too! Your appointment is a great opportunity for us to figure out what you are really good at, and what sort of things are more hard for you. That way, we can find out how to help you the best!
Does a diagnosis mean my child will get labeled?
A diagnosis is a helpful framework for understanding strengths and weaknesses, and for identifying treatment strategies and eligibility for services. It does not need to be an identity, nor does it determine all of the decisions you’ll make.
How does this help me or my child get services or accommodations?
Public schools serve students with disabilities who need specially designed instruction or classroom accommodations via an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan for accommodations. The specific accommodations should be tailored to the student and based on data. Not all accommodations work for all students, so it is important to look at the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. Eligibility committees are required to consider outside evaluation data in making eligibility determinations for services, but eligibility is a team decision.
Does my child need to study anything to prepare?
Not at all. The best preparation is getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good breakfast that morning.
What happens after the evaluation?
We will have a follow-up feedback appointment to go over the results and put it all together, and we will make a plan for next steps for accessing services or requesting accommodations as appropriate. This may also include subsequent counseling or coaching appointments to work on specific skills, as well.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Do you provide sessions for parents on behavior management?
I would be delighted to work with you to practice strategies for behavior management at home, or organizational strategies, or executive function skills.