Finding the Right Evaluator

The purpose of a psycho-educational evaluation is twofold: It is used to determine if a child has learning disabilities, and if so, how his particular disabilities can best be addressed. It is therefore critical to ensure that the person performing… Read the rest

The Value of A Correct Diagnosis

Peter was in the fifth grade when one of his mother’s friends asked her what he was receiving special education services for. “I don’t know exactly,” she responded. “But what was his diagnosis?” the friend asked. “He’s never been diagnosed.… Read the rest

A First Timer’s Guide to Evaluation

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… Read the rest

Is it Ok to Postpone a Reevaluation?

This is an excellent question, and not just for parents of children with dyslexia, but for any parent with a child in special education. A complete reevaluation for a student with dyslexia should include at least both intelligence/cognitive testing and… Read the rest

Evaluating Your Child for Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia as defined in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) is a “specific learning disorder” with impairment in written expression. Writing problems can result from one or more of the following components: Fine motor difficulties Visual-spatial… Read the rest