Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Performance and Development?
Are you watching your child struggle at school, in social settings or with rules at home, and wonder if you have done something wrong as a parent? Is your child falling behind in classes and refusing to complete his or her homework? Have you received phone calls from teachers because of your child’s dropping grades, unmanageable behavior or inability to stay focused? Maybe your child’s grades are fine, but you worry about bullying or social exclusion. Perhaps you have watched your child struggle to connect with peers. Or, maybe you are exhausted by your child’s tantrums and worry that he or she might be the bully. Do you feel like you have tried everything, from special tutors to reward systems to punishment, but nothing has worked? Do you wish you could find a way to understand more about your child and help him or her succeed?
Seeing your child struggle can be a confusing, frustrating and overwhelming experience. After trying many different methods of helping your child, you might be feeling helpless and hopeless. Perhaps you have other children as well, and you feel as though you are neglecting the needs of the whole family because you are dedicating so much time to one child. Maybe your family life feels strained, and you also feel judged by teachers and other parents in your community. A teacher or doctor may have strongly suggested that your child receive a professional evaluation. As more time has passed, you might be wondering if something is truly wrong with your child. You might feel lost and desperate to find some answers.
Many Children Need a Little Extra Help
If you are worried about your son or daughter and considering assessment for children, you are not alone. An “assessment” can seem like a very big deal, but assessments occur all the time. An assessment is simply a way to gather more information about a person to try to best understand him or her. At school, your child already receives assessments on a regular basis, especially as teachers observe behavior and assign grades. The specific type of assessment that we perform is common as well. Seeking clarity and guidance does not make your or your child weird or wrong. An assessment can help you see where your child excels and where he or she might need a little extra help.
Assessment for Children Can Help You Discover the Best Way to Help Your Child
With a thorough assessment by a skilled therapist, you can come to understand the underlying cause of your child’s current issues. In addition, you can share our findings with everyone else involved in your child’s care, including teachers, which can help to establish effective methods for handing academic, social or behavioral issues. As we work to navigate the struggles in your child’s life, we can also help him or her nurture talents, sills and gifts.
Participating in a test does not mean that your child has a disability or can’t be successful. Instead, you will be taking an important step toward creating a road map for your child’s future. When you have a deeper understanding of your child, you will be able to foster greater empathy for his or her struggles. You are already doing so much to support your child, and an assessment can give you the tools to move forward with greater clarity.
An assessment for children takes about four sessions (with very frequent breaks). We have the experience and skills to communicate openly with your child and make him or her as comfortable as possible. It is important that your child doesn’t feel the need to study or strive for a certain grade – these are not graded tests!
The assessment process is straightforward. First, a psychologist will conduct interviews with you, your child and other people in your child’s life (only with your consent) so that we can find out more about what you have experienced and what you have already tried. Then, we will observe your child. Next, we will give your child some standardized tests and tasks, and give you standardized questionnaires about your child’s performance at school and at home. Finally, we will meet to discuss the results of the assessment, what they mean and what we can do next.
Regardless of what your child is going through, an assessment can give you the information you need to help him or her cope with life’s challenges. With an assessment in hand, you can advocate for your child in school and other settings. You can also realize that no one is to blame for any academic, social or behavioral issues. Your child is a unique individual, and assessment for children can offer you the tools you need to support your child now and in the future.
You may believe that an assessment can help you understand what your child is experiencing, but still have questions or concerns...
A private evaluation is expensive and time-consuming.
The time and money you dedicate to a thorough assessment is an investment in your child’s long-term well-being. If you have tried everything else, an assessment can help you formulate a real plan. Also, you can get so much more information from a private evaluation than from just looking at grades or hearing reports from teachers.
I’m afraid of learning that something is really wrong.
An assessment will not necessarily indicate that your child has a disability. However, if your child is struggling with something serious, it is very important to find out sooner rather than later. It can be overwhelming to hear that your child has a disability. But, if your child needs help, then it is essential to get that help. It can be relieving to discover an answer, especially after years of confusion and frustration. An assessment can provide you with the information you need to advocate for your child’s care and education.
How confidential is an assessment for children?
That is up to you. No one else will see our results unless you want them to. However, if you would like, we can help you communicate our results to your child’s school and doctor. You have the final say.
Dr. Adil Nure specializes in psychoeducational testing, working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. If you are concerned about your child and want to find out what is holding him or her back, we invite you to call for a free, 15-minute phone consultation* with one of our psychologists. We are happy to answer any questions you have about assessment for children and our practice.
*all new clients must complete a consultation before being seen for an appointment