Evaluations

​​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, then you should consider having your child evaluated by Dr. Smith.

As part of the evaluation, your child will participate in two four-hour testing sesssions with Dr. Smith.  In most cases, a child’s testing sessions are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday of the same week or on consecutive Wednesdays.  If your child is on the younger side, your child’s testing sessions will most like be scheduled in the morning (8:00 am to 12:00 pm).  If your child is on the older side, your child’s testing sessions will most likely be scheduled in the afternoon (12:30 pm to 4:30 pm). 

During the testing sessions, Dr. Smith will administer a series of cognitive ability tests (e.g., WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WAIS-IV), cognitive processing tests (e.g., WRAML2, CTOPP-2, TOC), and academic achievement tests (e.g., WJ-IV, TOWRE-2, GORT-5).  Dr. Smith will also administer a series of tests related to attention or executive function if appropriate.  The test battery that will be administered to your child will be personalized based your child’s unique situation and your specific concerns about your child.

The week after your child has completed the diagnostic testing or as soon thereafter as you are able to do so, Dr. Smith will meet with you to discuss the results of your child’s evaluation.  During this meeting, Dr. Smith will review your child’s test results with you, will explain how those results relate to your child’s academic struggles, and will provide you with specific recommendations to help your child reach his or her full academic potential.

A few weeks after the parent conference, Dr. Smith will provide you with a written report that summarizes relevant background information about your child, your child’s test results and her recommendations.  The report will be approximately twenty-five pages in length.