Diagnosis? While the term is associated with doctors and the medical profession, outside educational clinicians such as myself, can make an “educational diagnosis” beneficial for a child in school. An educational diagnosis does not equal a medical diagnosis, but the information discovered through educational assessments are invaluable for medical professionals, and at times significantly help support a medical diagnosis.
Let NAVIGATING EDUCATION assist with the following evaluations.
All assessments/testing are conducted and interpreted through the lens of, “how will this information benefit the child’s academic progress in school?” At NAVIGATING EDUCATION assessment/testing can be conducted in the form of screeners, subtest(s) from one or more assessment batteries, or entire assessment batteries. Screeners evaluate broad areas, take much less time, are helpful to rule out areas of concern, but cannot be used to diagnose. Formal assessments are very thorough, take more time to administer, and result in a detailed report. Assessments can be very exhausting for students; therefore the ultimate goal is to be as thorough as possible, without doing more than is necessary.
Just like the name, consultation services support and assist families with NAVIGATING EDUCATION for their children. The goal with consultation is to partner with families. By providing a safe and welcoming environment, families can ask any question and trust that they are getting an accurate thorough answer that is individualized to their concerns, their child’s needs, and with an understanding of their child’s school and district. Families can voice any opinion without judgement, and receive support in navigating the nuances of individual schools or districts to help strengthen the family-school relationship.
- IEP Support and Document review
- Interpretation of Assessment Data
- Guidance for Culturally or Linguistically Diverse Families
- Consultation services and structures are individual to each client
Fact: Assessment services come with a very high cost, rendering them nearly or completely unattainable for some.
Fact: In partnership with private donors, I am excited to offer partial scholarships for:
- Hometown Heroes
- Military Members and Veterans
- First Responders: Police, Fire, EMT
- Medical Personnel: Nurses, Doctors
- Part- to Full-Time Non-Profit Employees
- Families Struggling with Major Life Events
- Parent: death, impactful diagnosis
- Sibling: death, impactful diagnosis
- Change in Family Status: separation, divorce, change in custody, parental imprisonment
- Financial status: recently laid off from work, guardians receive Social Security
- Federal Assistance Program Recipients
*Specific documentation required in order to qualify