Educational Testing Charlotte, NC

I have a  passion for making sure none of my clients are penalized because they learn differently. I will make sure  parents and children understand their unique strengths above all else. I have successfully negotiated on the behalf of clients with college admission boards and school administration department to ensure you are given what you need to excel in your academic efforts.  

  • Learning Disability Testing
  • IEP Planning
  • 504 Plan
  • Educational Consulting 
  • Ensuring Schools compliance with recommendations
  • Review previous testing | Second Opinions 
  • College learning disabilities documentation and acceptance.

IEP AND 504 PARENTAL GUIDE FOR INDEPENDENT EVALUATIONS

 

What is the best way to help my child conceptualize and benefit from this testing? 
It is important to have an initial meeting with a professional who can help educate you on the best way to initiate conversations with your child about this process. It is imperative that the child does not hear a message that he/she is defective anyway. The individuals who play an active role in the child's life should be present for the initial meeting. Some professionals do not require this session and if they do, offer little guidance on how to handle this process. 

 

How do you measure strengths that may not show up on standardized tests?
Ask what tests they use to establish your child's individual strengths both socially and academically. If a professional cannot present a "complete" picture of your child and only focuses on what needs improvement, consider alternatives. Just because your child may struggle in certain areas does not mean there is something “wrong”’ with them. However, the current educational system requires that a child be diagnosed with a "disability" in order to get accommodations that match their learning style. One way to offset a child feeling so-called disabled is to help them understand and identify their strengths and giftedness. In all my comprehensive evaluations, I include an extra session that is dedicated to identifying your child's natural strengths.

 

Set Up To Fail?
An evaluation should be divided into two sessions minium with a maximum time limit established based on age, attention, and concentration. This helps create the optimal testing environment. Avoid professionals who do not offer testing intervals that meet your child’s needs. Excessively long periods of testing can frustrate the child and impact their performance. Your child is likely already frustrated with school and the lack of attention to their strengths. Appropriate testing intervals can make all the difference. 

 

Old School Or New School?
Ask the provider if they use paper versions of assessments utilizing booklets and hand scoring. Our testing is mostly done on app-based iPads and the most up to date computer- based psychological assessments. Research has found there are more errors using the old school method of paper and pen tests and grading by hand. Young clients prefer using interactive, app-based technology on an iPad/iPhone. Using familiar technology often helps to alleviate performance anxiety—makes them more attentive–and boosts their motivation.

 

Can I See A Sample Report?

This is an excellent opportunity to see how useful and user-friendly the report is. The assessment should be written and organized in a clear, concise way in language that makes sense to you and your child and that helps improve the child’s learning skills. Most reports are written in highly technical terms and more disability-based, which is virtually useless outside of receiving academic accommodations.  For that reason, I generate two reports. One that is appropriate for you and your child to use based on their strengths and another one that is for the school system to allocate accommodations. This information should help your child move forward—help them build a better life based on their strengths—and assist them maneuver past any obstacles that may be in the way.  

Let me know if you have any questions .

EDUCATIONAL TESTING 

  • Learning Disability Testing
  • IEP Planning
  • 504 Plan
  • Educational Consulting 
  • Ensuring Schools compliance with recommendations
  • Review previous testing | Second Opinions 
  • College learning disabilities documentation and acceptance.