The intake process begins with a phone consultation with Jill Greenberg so that she can get a feel for your child and you can ask some initial questions. If you have had some testing, she will do a review of your records to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses. A brief screening or more extensive testing will be given based on the information that you provide and the complexity of your child’s learning problem. The intake process also includes an extensive parent consultation, report, recommendations and a program description.
Deciding to have your child assessed is a big step. You may have been wondering why your very bright child finds school to be a challenge. You may be waiting for him to “catch up’ with his peers. You may be frustrated by his lack of motivation. The assessment provides answers for these and other questions such as:
- Why does my child have trouble maintaining focus?
- Why does my child seem disorganized and forgetful?
- Why can’t my child write legibly and easily?
- Why does my child do well on spelling tests but forgets how to spell while writing?
- Why doesn’t my child enjoy reading?
- Why must I sit next to my child to get him to do his homework?
- Why is it so difficult for my child to remember facts and procedures?
- How can my child feel more confident in school?
The assessment is designed to profile your child’s underlying cognitive processing skills. This learning profile is linked to academics. The verbal or written report includes an individual learning plan with specific recommendations that address your child’s learning difficulties.
I do not give IQ tests. I do not use labels such as Attention Deficit Disorder or Learning Disabilities. I do provide a description of your child’s processing skills which are printed out at the end of the assessment as a colored graph.
How is this different from standardized testing?
Standardized testing in school measures your child’s academic performance. My testing explores cognitive skills as well as several aspects of reading. I may also include an informal math assessment and writing sample.
How long will it take?
A session lasts between two and four hours and may be completed in one or two sessions, followed by a parent consultation. This conversation will leave you with new insights about your child’s learning problems and will provide you with a roadmap of remediation that will strengthen processing and academic skills. You and your child should feel upbeat and motivated following the evaluation.
What should I bring?
If your child wears glasses, bring them. If he takes medication, he should be on it. Bring a healthy snack that your child enjoys in case he is hungry.
How much does it cost?
The assessment costs between $200 and $600 depending on how many tests are needed and whether you would like a written report.
How do I get started?
Call Jill Greenberg at (310) 804-3704 to begin the conversation that will change your child’s life.