Perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by educators is how best to teach students who present with difficulty learning. Even gifted children often possess an uneven set of cognitive abilities, which in turn could negatively affect learning and academic performance. Obtaining a profile of a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses through professional assessment is essential to understand how best to teach such a student and to determine appropriate interventions, accommodations and/or school or classroom placement.
Psychoeducational testing evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s abilties, learning style and educational achievement. Through Psychoeducational testing Reading, Writing and Mathematics Disorders are determined. Standardized educational testing will also reveal the extent to which a student’s problems fall in the mild, moderate or severe range when compared to same aged peers and whether other factors are contributing to or exacerbating functioning. It is well established that children and adolescents with learning disorders have a much higher rate of ADD and ADHD, as well as behavioral problems. Thus, it is essential to further identify or rule-out potential processing problems such as: Dyslexia, AD(H)D, Auditory Processing Disorder, Auditory and Visual Memory difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Executive Functioning Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability and Visual-Motor Integration Disorder.
After assessing an individual’s test results, APS will provide a comprehensive report, an in-depth feedback session and specific recommendations to address diagnosis and treatment. APS will serve to determine if the student is eligible for education services under IDEA or ADA. Such accommodations could include: preferential seating, 1:1 certified tutoring, extended time on tests and/or alternative examination formats. Depending on the child or adolescent’s needs, APS clinicians are trained to work closely with parents, schools, tutors, educational consultants, and other specialists to implement a plan of action to get the student back on track.
APS also provides admissions testing for independent, private schools.
We are certified independent evaluators for Loudon, Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties.
Please contact us to schedule a consultation.