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Learning Disability Therapy Testing

Testing

What is it? What does it show? How do we gauge results from the informal testing?

At Suprex Learning, we believe the best way to help a student excel is by first evaluating which specific cognitive areas to target improvement in. Just as every learning disability is unique, we understand each student thinks, reacts, and learns in an individual way. Although some learning disabilities may share common characteristics, each one ultimately varies greatly from another. Therefore, to offer the best personalized assistance to a student, we offer two methods of testing: Informal, and formal. Testing magnifies which areas and skills the student should progress in as well as existing strengths that should be built on. It shows in a clear and precise way what often grades on academic work cannot.  With these results, the therapist and parents can collaborate on a plan of action and proceed with the appropriate educational intervention.

Formal Testing

A licensed diagnostician or psychologist can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your students’ learning disabilities via a Woodcock Johnson III and/or WISC-IV test. The WISC-IV measures verbal reasoning, verbal expression, associative thinking, language development, long-term memory, and more. The Woodcock Johnson III test measures achievement on the following: letter word identification, reading fluency, story recall, understanding directions, calculations, math  fluency, spelling, writing fluency, reading vocabulary and more.

Informal Testing

NILD Informal Testing assesses strengths and deficits in perceptual and cognitive processing as well as current academic skills. It measures spatial perception, visual perception, auditory perception, visual-motor integration, directionality, writing skills, vocabulary, letter formation, number formation and more.  During Informal Testing, a student will perform an auditory exercise in which the therapist will dictate sentences to the student. The student will repeat them one at a time, and then write down each sentence by memory. Next, the student will be asked to record a series of numbers and alphabet letters. This is followed by a brief writing sample. Finally, the student will be asked to draw 2 figures which will indicate visual and spatial skills and how the student approaches tasks. The rate at which a student works is notated in the last exercise. Results from informal testing are quick, efficient, and informative. A benefit of conducting an informal test is that the student is observed in a natural yet structured way; the therapist is able to see the student in action through holistic activities similar to those in a school classroom. By the end of an informal test, the therapist has an indication of the student’s oral language and literacy skills, sees how the student reacts in situations of various academic tasks, and is able to discuss and provide a plan of action with the parent.

Psychologists: Learning Disability Testing for Children

Pscyhologist 1: Dr. Romilia Ramirez
Phone: 832-612-1966
Website: http://www.alternative-roads.com/AboutMe.en.html

Dr. Ramirez is a veteran school psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities. Dr. Ramirez specializes in helping children who struggle in the academic environment through providing therapy and behavior intervention plans. Below are the various services that Dr. Ramirez provides. She accepts several insurance plans.
1. Conduct assessments appropriate to the focus of concern (academic performance, social/emotional functioning, behavior, and organizational variables). Woodcock Johnson and WISC-IV can be completed. Insurance may cover this testing.
2.Teach students how to develop personal/social skills

3. Counsel students on personal adjustment issues

4. Consult with parents and teachers about ways to facilitate learning and adjustment for students

5. Monitor effects of medications through behavioral observations and communication with health care providers

6. Development of Behavior Intervention Plans based on research-based practices

7. Use of multi-source assessment (when applicable) including curriculum-based assessment, system of observations, standardized rating scales, questionnaire, checklists, etc.
8. Counsels with students and parents as a family system

9. Determines effectiveness of intervention using data-based systems

 

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Pscyhologist 2: Lindsey Asawa, Ph. D.
832-844-5576
drlindsayasawa@gmail.com

Dr. Asawa provides evaluations and ADHD education for families with children from 6 to 18 years old. Here are a few of the services she provides: 
IQ/Gifted Evaluations
Educational/Learning Disability Evaluations
Depression & Anxiety Evaluations
College Entrance Exam (SAT, ACT) Accommodations
ADD/ADHD Evaluations
ADD/ADHD Parent Consultation Sessions
ADD/ADHD Parent Education Workshops
 
If requested, Dr. Asawa will meet with families for a one-hour intake appointment to discuss background information and determine recommendations and the need for testing. Dr. Asawa is also open to administering specific tests and providing score reports (without doing an intake, full write-up, or feedback session) if that would be helpful to families. They would simply be charged the $150/hour testing rate for the time needed to administer and score the test. 

 

Diagositican 3: Jo Himel, Texas Certified Educational Diagnostician
Texas Assessment Specialists
Tests administered: Dyslexia testing, ADHD testing
713-515-2986 to book appointment
jo@suprexlearning.com
Area: Clear Lake, Webster (will travel up to 25 miles to Houston area)

Office: 866-700-2433

About the Dyslexia Testing Specialist

As a retired educational diagnostician from our public school system and now operating a private practice, Texas Assessment Specialists,  I can diagnose learning difficulties including dyslexia without considering education policies for one district or another. Public schools are autonomous and therefore their policy varies within the guidelines federal and state law mandates.

My dyslexia assessments include a comprehensive cognitive assessment to understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses in learning. There are over five different areas I assess in my dyslexia cognitive assessment protocol. Then I administer the specific dyslexia assessments their student has difficulties performing.

Initial Consultation

I like to talk to my parents and find out their concerns first and family history.  There are usually behaviors their children have displayed which causes them to become concerned in the first place.

I then advise them that the public school district they are currently in is the sole decider of the services the school will provide. That school district can comply with educational testing requests from parents or create diversions to delay  testing or simply say they do not think there is an educational need for testing at that time. One never knows what they will say. My testing methods and protocols are exactly the same as theirs. They are not required to accept them if they do not want to.

Dyslexia Testing

The dyslexia testing assessment usually takes from 3.5 to 4.5 hours for little ones. We can take breaks or break for lunch. I try to keep the testing to a one day session.  Parents bring several items from the student’s cumulative folder at their school  to dyslexia testing and fill out some information to begin the baseline report I will develop and give them.

Dyslexia Reporting and Recommendations

My report will include all data from the cognitive assessment and dyslexia assessment and school records. It will give them a definite diagnosis and include recommendations they and your school can implement to help the student improve and cope with their dyslexia if they do indeed have that problem.

Dyslexia Testing Fees

Recommendations are especially important if there is no diagnosis of a disability.  One wants to understand why their child is having these problems and how to cope with those problems.  This 12 to 15 page report is only $600.

If there is a indication of a higher level learning disability than dyslexia,  then recommendations will address that issue.

This educational will travel to certain areas to Houston to provide testing. For Dyslexia testing in Houston, Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, and Katy area, a $70 minimum travel fee is applied.  Please inquire for details to: jo@suprexlearning.com

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Please contact a diagnostician or psychologist listed above or from our specific Learning Disability Testing pages and Resources page to schedule formal testing. An NILD Educational Therapist can provide an Informal Test for new clients. The Informal Test is approximately 45 minutes and takes place at our facility in Sugar Land. Please call us for pricing or view our Pricing page.