What is involved in obtaining a diagnostic evaluation?
A team of both certified Learning Consultants and psychologists assess both the strengths and weaknesses
of students from the age of four and up. Using a variety of testing tools such
as the Woodcock Johnson III, Achievement and Cognitive Batteries, Weschler Scales,
Connors Rating Scales for ADHD, and other standardized tests, both licensed
professionals will find any disability that may be present. Together, they will write
a written report with their findings, diagnosis, and recommendations that can
be used in the classroom and at home. Follow-up may include classroom
visitations and Child Study Team meetings.
How long will it take?
The evaluation is broken into two to three sessions which can last anywhere between one and a-half to two and a-half hours. It is recommended that testing be done in the morning or early afternoon in order to obtain optimal results.
When should I expect the results?
Once the testing is complete, the evaluators require two weeks to complete the report. At this time, a follow-up meeting is conducted and the results are shared with the parents.
Should I wait for my district to test?
Your district may or may not feel that testing is warranted. Deciding to wait for your district can take months. The benefit of conducting an outside evaluation is that any question/concerns you may have as a parent, can be answered within weeks. The sooner the child's strengths and weaknesses are discovered, the sooner a game plan can be developed.
What should I do if I want to move forward with testing?
If you are considering testing, have further questions, or just want to pick our brains, please call us at (973) 376-2800. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.