School is a challenge. Your student will have ups and downs throughout the school year, but consistent learning challenges and difficulties may be caused by an unidentified learning difference or learning disability.
When a school notices that your child is struggling academically or behaviorally, they may recommend a psychoeducational or neuropsychological assessment. When a learning evaluation is recommended, you often have two primary options:
1. Request your child’s school district to perform a psychoeducational assessment
2. Seek an independent and comprehensive independent evaluation
Parallel offers comprehensive learning assessments, also known as comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations or neuropsychological assessments. In this guide, we will help you determine if your child needs a learning evaluation while explaining the ins and outs of comprehensive learning evaluations. If you are ready to take the first step towards getting your child evaluated, book a free consultation with a Parallel Care Coordinator today.
The comprehensive psychoeducational or neurodevelopmental evaluation – also known as a learning disability test – measures a child’s:
Assessing your child’s learning abilities identifies their strengths and weaknesses. This assists with developing a targeted learning plan that uses their strengths to further develop areas of weakness. The results of a psychoeducational assessment are compiled into a comprehensive report that will give you and your student’s teachers understanding of their learning profile. Assessments may include the formal diagnosis of a learning disability.
The comprehensive learning assessment report will include a growth plan for your child, which might include exploring a variety of support programs and appropriate interventions. These support programs and interventions are designed to help your child succeed in the classroom and beyond.
It’s common for a child to struggle with reading, writing, or math. A child may also have a tough week or even a difficult month behaviorally or socially. When a student is struggling, families can work with tutors to see if improvements can be made based on traditional approaches to education in the classroom.
However, if your child continues to struggle despite extra support in certain areas, it may be time to look for an independent learning evaluation or request testing through their school.
Here are several indicators that can determine that a student’s difficulties should be addressed by a professional:
Additional examples of signs that your child may need testing include:
Other indicators to look out for include:
Language and Speech
There are many professionals around the world and likely in your area that can support you and your child. However, the prime goal of a comprehensive learning assessment is to fully understand your child’s learning profile and to discover solutions to their challenges by recommending the correct types of interventions and help available.
Remember, you’re not alone in this! Many parents and families go through the process of having a child tested for learning differences. Having the right information can empower both you and your child to advocate for their learning and use their strengths to reach their fullest potential. At Parallel Learning, we’re here to help and offer testing, evaluations, tailored plans, school placement consultations, and much more.
Do you suspect your child could benefit from a comprehensive learning assessment?