Evaluation

 

Give Your Child the Tools They Need…

To Access the Education They Deserve

Differences in learning styles, psychological/emotional factors, attention, and behavioral patterns can prevent your child from accessing the resources and skills they need to succeed in academic and social environments. At ILS, we’ll work with your child to identify their unique learning profile, along with the strengths and challenges they bring to the learning process. We conduct highly individualized and nuanced psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations to prepare a roadmap to your child's success. An ILS evaluation uses collaborative approach, taking into account valuable input from parents, teachers, and other key players in a child's life to look beyond test scores in order to develop a deep understanding of a child's presentation in a variety of contexts. Most importantly, an ILS evaluation culminates in the creation and implementation of a tailored plan to support a child's development at school, at home, and at play. 

Frequently Asked Questions about ILS Evaluations

What does an evaluation assess? 

An evaluation at ILS covers all areas of cognition, including language, visual-spatial, memory and learning, attentional, and executive functions, as well as psychological processes. On the academic side, our assessments measure the impact of these cognitive factors on academic performance (reading, written language, mathematics). 

What does an evaluation include?

The assessment process includes interviews and questionnaires, objective test measures, behavioral inventories, and direct observations across multiple informants and settings.

How long will the evaluation take? 

Typically, evaluations span 6-10 hours, depending on the age of the child, evaluation questions, and preliminary data. Sessions are scheuled at varying lengths depending on the child's disposition. Sessions can be chunked over consecutive days or spaced further apart. 

As a parent, do I need to be present for the appointments? 

Parents participate in the initial session in which present concerns and history are taken, while all evaluations are performed one-on-one with the child in our offices. Parents are welcome to remain on-site or may drop the child off and return later to pick them up.

When will I know the results of the testing? 

Once the direct evaluation is complete, there is much more work to be done to integrate and interpret all of the sources of information into a comprehensive report. This generally takes 3-4 weeks, although please alert us if there is a more immediate need for a diagnostic summary. Upon completion of the report, you will be invited to an in-person feedback session during which Dr. Lyvers will explain the findings and discuss next steps. 

Will this evaluation meet criteria for external testing boards?

Yes. ILS evaluations meet or exceed the documentation criteria for standardized testing boards, including: ACT, ISEE, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, SAT (College Board), Dental School Exams, Medical Exams, Pharmacy Exams, State Licensing Exams, and State Bar Exams, among others.

Are you available to attend meetings on my child's behalf?

Yes! We love working with schools and other professionals to ensure seamless support for your child. In fact, we strongly encourage a follow-up meeting at the school to review the evaluation results and plan appropriate supports.

 

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