Assessments & Referrals

We know how important it is to find helpful resources when your child is struggling in school. We want to help.  

 

Informal Diagnostic
Assessment and Referrals

The Dyslexia Resource Center offers informal diagnostic assessments of foundational skills that are often associated with dyslexia.

A battery of carefully selected assessments are used to determine where a student’s breakdown with reading skills is beginning and how to best support the student’s learning.

Assessments usually take 60-75 minutes. It is recommended that siblings be left at home to minimize distractions to the student and the assessor.

The cost of an informal diagnostic assessment is $150. This includes a written report with recommendations and resources that is generally sent to parents within two weeks of the appointment.

Scholarships are available. (Click Here to apply.)

Informal Diagnostic Assessment is required for a student to be enrolled or placed on a Wait List for services at the Dyslexia Resource Center.

Formal Psycho-educational Evaluations

Psychoeducational evaluations offered by Jennifer Barbas, Ph.D. through the Dyslexia Resource Center are comprehensive and individualized.  An evaluation can help to reveal Learning Disabilities (e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia), executive functioning issues, and other social-emotional or learning difficulties.  Evaluations are available for school age children and adolescents.

What does a formal evaluation include?

The evaluation includes an initial parent interview session where the child’s developmental, medical, family and educational history are discussed.  School records may be reviewed and parents and teachers are asked to complete an educational/behavioral questionnaire.

Next, the child participates in approximately six hours of individually administered testing which is given in two sessions.  Testing includes measures of intellectual ability, reading accuracy and fluency, written expression and spelling, math calculation and application, memory and executive functioning skills, phonological processing, reading comprehension, and social-emotional skills.


 
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About two weeks after testing is completed, parents will attend a sixty-minute feedback session where results and interpretations of the assessments will be discussed.

Recommendations for academic interventions, social/emotional/behavioral interventions, tutoring, classroom accommodations, and additional testing or referrals to further therapists will also be shared.  Parents will receive a detailed written report.

The cost for this service is $1600. Scholarships are not available at this time. *Of note, the school district where you reside may provide psychoeducational evaluations at no expense to you.  If interested, please contact the special services or special education department of your local school district.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) offers information on the Right to an Evaluation of a Child for Special Ed Services.