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When your child struggles to keep up with their peers academically or behaviorally, a teacher may recommend that you have them evaluated for learning differences and/or learning disabilities. This evaluation, depending on their strengths and weaknesses, may be a comprehensive learning evaluation. Before investing time, energy, and money into an evaluation for your child, it’s essential to understand what a comprehensive learning evaluation is and its purpose.
A comprehensive learning evaluation, also referred to as a comprehensive learning assessment, is a neurodevelopmental evaluation that reveals your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses. The evaluation also identifies why they are behind in learning areas and enables for the diagnosis of learning disabilities if necessary.
A neurodevelopmental evaluation follows a framework to understand and explain learning issues and takes place over the course of several days. Parallel Learning offers comprehensive learning assessments, which are conducted by highly-qualified, licensed psychologists.
The four primary functions of a comprehensive learning evaluation are exploration, diagnosis, instructional planning, and progress measurement. Let’s quickly explore each.
An assessment is similar to an investigation. When a learning difference or learning disability is suspected, a professional clinician conducts a screening to check for areas of difficulty in a student’s learning profile. The development of that learning profile through the screening process will help you understand how your child learns, along with giving teachers, clinicians, and others you choose to share this information with understanding.
Comprehensive learning evaluations give professional clinicians the information they need to fully evaluate a child and their learning abilities, and can lead to a diagnosis. It is important to note that no test results on their own result in a diagnosis. A clinician will carefully analyze the results, behavior observed during testing, and information provided by the family to form their professional opinion and make a diagnosis if necessary. A diagnosis may assist your child in receiving accommodations that will help them thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Diagnosis and exploration pave the way for instructional planning. During instructional planning, education professionals form a plan to leverage a student’s existing strengths and improve upon their weaknesses in a way that works with the way they learn. The new plan will align lesson objectives and standards for your school or district with your child’s needs.
Comprehensive learning evaluations show how your child learns most effectively and efficiently. Using this information and the education plan created during instructional planning, your child’s progress can be measured over time, showing their growth and improvement. This information will shape future education planning based on their growth in each area and needs.