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Evaluation Fundamentals

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: August 25, 2014

For a child with learning disabilities or ADHD, the evaluation is the first step toward addressing his issues. Knowing what to expect will ease your fears and your child’s and ensure that the results are used appropriately. Evaluation Goals A good evaluation begins with a set of clear-cut goals and…

Making Sense of Evaluation Results

Relevance: 76%      Posted on: December 3, 2012

When academic performance suffers, an educational diagnosis is done to help define the student’s academic strengths and learning needs and translate them into an individualized educational program (IEP). Because no single testing tool provides all the answers, a comprehensive evaluation involves multiple assessment tools including: Discussions with the child Interviews…

Has Your Child Had an AT Evaluation?

Relevance: 73%      Posted on: October 26, 2015

For students with learning disabilities, technology is an important tool in leveling the playing field, providing struggling students with the ability to access educational material that may otherwise prove challenging to understand. As Assistive Technology (AT) continues to evolve, the task of understanding what makes sense for your child becomes…

A First Timer’s Guide to Evaluation

Relevance: 71%      Posted on: October 21, 2016

The purpose of the evaluation process is to identify your child’s specific learning strengths, needs, and concerns in order to make recommendations for an educational program suited to his unique learning profile. The process is essentially a problem-solving exercise that involves gathering information from various sources, including informal and formal…

Fundamentals of an AT Evaluation

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: March 24, 2017

Students with learning disabilities have benefited tremendously from the technology boom of the past few decades. As Assistive Technology continues to evolve, students are utilizing it in new and different ways to help even the playing field. To figure out how technology can best help your child, you must begin with…

How to Initiate an Evaluation

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: December 3, 2015

Getting the process started can be as simple as having a conversation with a teacher or administrator in which you specifically request an evaluation for special education. If you make the request verbally, make sure you follow up with a written request. For example, a letter to the principal or…

From Evaluation to IEP

Relevance: 69%      Posted on: September 10, 2014

Understanding the results of your child’s LD evaluation provides you with the information you need to create meaningful goals and objectives—the basis upon which her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is built. Based on the evaluation results, advocate for annual goals and short-term objectives that address the underlying issues affecting her performance. Goals…

The Case for A Private Evaluation

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: April 10, 2017

By Devon MacEachron, Ph.D. School districts may conduct evaluations under certain mandated conditions. Although these evaluations are free of charge, there are potential drawbacks. Before your child can receive an evaluation, he typically must meet the following criteria: Be performing at a level below the average for his grade (the…

Include Your Child in the Evaluation Process

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: October 23, 2015

The decision to have your child evaluated for learning disabilities or ADHD sets in motion a process that, at times, can feel all-encompassing. Finding the right professional, undergoing the actual evaluation, reviewing the results and recommendations, and meeting with school personnel is time-consuming, if not anxiety-producing. And what often gets…

Tips for Writing an IEP

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: August 8, 2014

If this is your first IEP meeting, get a copy of the basic Individual Educational Program (IEP) form from your Special Education Director ahead of time. Review it carefully to understand the information required. If your child already has an IEP, make sure you review it prior to discussing a…