What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment?
Taking the steps towards engaging in a learning assessment can be a daunting task. Many people fear the outcomes or dislike potentially labeling their child, thereby having teachers and others view/treat their child differently. In all my years of experience, assessments have helped children and their families by utilizing the child's strengths to help them build up their weaknesses. Without knowing the root of the struggle it is difficult for teachers to tailor the learning process in order to make the child successful. I have seen assessments take a child from feeling different and not as bright as his peers to feeling victorious in the classroom and confident, after understanding his limits and potential and using classroom accommodations.
What gets you excited about Parallel?
I am excited about Parallel's ability to provide quality testing to individuals through an online platform. The structure of Parallel's assessments and reports will allow the parents, child, and school personnel to gain a better and clear understanding of the challenges as well as provide unique and tailored recommendations.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
A child with a learning disability is like a small snowball sitting on an edge of a large hill. There is so much potential for that snowball to grow in size and pick up momentum as it rolls down the hill but it is stuck. What makes me love what I do in conducting assessments is that I get the chance to give that small snowball the jumpstart it needs to be successful. I believe every child can meet their potential with the proper supports and guidance.