What to expect with a reading evaluation:
The reading evaluation is a process of gathering information and analyzing the evidence to determine how your child performs in reading, spelling, language, and other relevant areas. An essential first step in the evaluation is spending time with you and your child. We will discuss your concerns and review background information such as developmental history, previous testing, and school records. Formal and informal testing measures are used to build a profile of strengths and weaknesses in language and literacy. A diagnosis is made when appropriate.
Educational Inspiration follows evaluation guidelines set by the International Dyslexia Association. Depending on the age of your child, they may be tested in some or all of the following areas:
- Oral Language
- Word Identification
- Word Attack
- Phonological Processing
- Reading Comprehension
When the evaluation is complete, you will receive an in-depth written report. It will explain how your child performed on each part of the testing. We will meet and go over the report together, and I will answer any questions you might have. If you choose to receive therapy at Educational Inspiration, the next step will be to develop a treatment plan with specific goals in mind. If you wish to take the evaluation report to your school, they may utilize the results to choose appropriate goals and better support your child's academic needs in the classroom.
Why is a diagnosis important?
You may wonder why an evaluation is relevant if it is already apparent there is a problem. There are many skills we could work on in treatment, but without knowing the specific skills your child struggles with, we may be targeting the wrong objectives resulting in wasted time. An evaluation will provide a roadmap for treatment allowing us to focus on the right skills at the right time. An assessment can also provide you with documentation that may allow your child to receive accommodations in the classroom and result in reduced stress and frustration.