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We know that when it comes to your child’s education, you want to provide them with all the support they need to succeed. If you suspect that your child may have a learning disability, you’re taking a crucial step by considering a learning assessment. But what exactly should you look for when your child is getting a learning assessment? Let’s break it down in simple terms.
1. Recognize the Signs
First, you want to be aware of the signs that might indicate your child could benefit from a learning assessment. Generally speaking, these signs often include struggles with reading, writing, math, or paying attention in class. It’s essential to trust your instincts as a parent, talk to your child’s educational and medical team (e.g. teachers, tutors, pediatrician, etc.) and seek help if you have concerns.
2. Choose the Right Professional
When it comes to learning assessments, you’ll want to consult with a qualified professional, such as a school psychologist or educational specialist. Look for someone with experience in assessing children with learning difficulties. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from teachers, pediatricians, or other parents who’ve been through a similar process. Of course, our team at the LEC can also help to provide you with a comprehensive learning assessment. If you’re ready, reach out to us at our contact tab and we’ll walk you through the next steps.
3. Gather Information
Before the assessment, be prepared to share information about your child’s academic history, behaviors, and any concerns you have. This background information helps the professional understand your child’s unique situation better. At the LEC, we do this step as part of our initial parent intake meeting.
4. The Assessment Process
During the assessment, your child will be evaluated in various areas, depending on their specific needs. This may include reading, writing, math, executive functioning skills and cognitive abilities, as well as their mood and behavior. It’s crucial to ensure that the assessment is comprehensive and covers all relevant areas of concern. At the LEC, we also test for specific neurodevelopmental differences, such as autism, and offer speech-language and occupational therapy assessments.
5. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the assessment or afterward. You have the right to understand the process and the results. Ask about the specific tests used, what the results mean, and how they will impact your child’s education.
6. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) / 504 Plans / Private School Plan
If the assessment confirms a learning disability, you may wish to seek out accommodations or direct instruction through either an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a 504/private school plan. This plan outlines the specific supports and accommodations your child will receive to help them succeed in school. While an IEP is protected via special education laws, a 504 or private school plan offers outlined accommodations that do not include direct instruction (e.g. reading intervention or mental health support). At the LEC, we will walk you through this process and help you navigate which option may be the best route for you to follow. However, it’s important to work with your child’s education and medical team to figure out these next steps.
7. Stay Involved
Once the assessment is complete and the IEP is in place, stay actively involved in your child’s education. Regularly communicate with teachers and specialists, attend meetings, and advocate for your child’s needs.
8. Be Patient and Supportive
Remember that a learning assessment is just the beginning of the journey. Your child may face challenges, but with your support and the right resources, they can make progress and succeed. Be patient, and don’t forget to celebrate their achievements along the way.
Getting a learning assessment for your child is a proactive step towards helping them accommodate for neurodiversity. By recognizing the signs, choosing the right professionals, and staying involved in their education, you can provide the support your child needs to thrive. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and there are many resources and experts ready to assist you and your child every step of the way.