If your child is experiencing learning difficulties and you want to understand why your child is struggling and what you can do to help your child reach his or her full academic potential, then you should consider having your child complete a NeuroEducational Evaluation with Dr. Smith.
A NeuroEducational Evaluation is used to profile your child's academic strengths and weaknesses , to identify the nature and extent of any neurodevelopmental factors that are negatively impacting your child's ability to learn, and to develop a treatment plan to address any such factors.
The scope of your child's evaluation will vary based on the nature and extent of your concerns about your child's academic performance. If you have broad concerns about your child's academic performance, then Dr. Smith will most likely recommend that your child complete a Comprehensive NeuroEducational Evaluation. If you have more narrow concerns about your child's academic performance, then she will most likely recommend that your child complete a Targeted NeuroEducational Evaluation.
The Comprehensive NeuroEducational Evaluation covers the five areas of academic achievement (reading, oral language, written language, writing and mathematics). A child participating in a Comprehensive NeuroEducational Evaluation will be required to complete approximately eight hours of diagnostic testing with Dr. Smith. This testing is typically conducted during two four-hour test sessions on two different days.
The Targeted NeuroEducational Evaluation covers at least one but less than five areas of academic achievement. A child participating in a Targeted NeuroEducational Evaluation will be required to complete between two and four hours of diagnostic testing with Dr. Smith. This testing is typically conducted during a single session.
A week or so after your child has completed the diagnostic testing, you will attend a Parent Conference with Dr. Smith. During the Parent Conference, Dr. Smith will review the NeuroEducational Evaluation results with you, will explain how those results relate to your child's academic struggles, and will provide you with a list of recommendations to address the underlying neurodevelopmental factors that are causing your child to struggle.
After the parent conference, Dr. Smith will provide you with a written report that summarizes relevant background information, diagnostic test results and her recommendations. The Comprehensive NeuroEducational Evaluation report is approximately twenty-five pages in length and is usually completed between two and four weeks after the Parent Conference. The Targeted NeuroEducational Evaluation report, which is usually completed during the same frame, is several pages shorter.
Dr. Smith is also available to attend a School Conference with you at your child's school to discuss the results of your child's assessment with your child's school administrators, your child's teachers and/or your child's learning specialists. The School Conference is an optional service that requires an additional fee.