Types of Evaluations

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TECA has outlined several types of evaluations that you may want consider as you search for answers regarding your child’s issues and how to address your child’s needs.

Please note the following information is to provide you with more direction as you seek help. TECA’s intent is to provide parents with information, not clinical or medical advice.

Auditory Processing Evaluation:

Also known as Central Auditory Processing, this evaluation measures how a child processes auditory information (sound) in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: processing what other people are saying; subtle differences within sounds; difficulty tuning out background noise; how much one can process at once, etc. Auditory processing difficulties can impact a child with learning, school performance, attention, social situations and communication with family and others. These evaluations are done by a qualified licensed audiologist who is experienced with auditory processing disorders. These evaluations are usually conducted in a facility with a sound booth. If you suspect that your child may be struggling in one or more of these areas, you may consider seeking an auditory processing evaluation.

Educational Evaluation:

An educational evaluation is a battery of tests used to provide relevant functional, developmental, and academic information about a child in order to determine if the child has a disability that entitles them to special education and related services. A parent or school can request an educational evaluation if they observe something about the child’s learning, behavior or development that raises concerns. Educational evaluations are conducted by qualified evaluators who use of a variety of assessment tools and methods, including information provided by the parents.

Neuropsychological Evaluation:

This comprehensive evaluation is comprised of a battery of different tests to assess how one’s brain “functions.” These tests have potential to uncover your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and asynchronies (areas of uneven development.) If think your child is having trouble in school or is not meeting their educational potential, learn more about neuropsychological evaluations.

Psychological Evaluation:

A psychological assessment is a process of testing that uses a variety of test and techniques to provide insight and understanding about a person and their behavior, personality and capabilities. Test results are used to arrive at a diagnosis and inform treatment. Psychological testing is usually performed by a licensed psychologist.

Sensory Motor Evaluation:

This evaluation assesses how incoming sensory information from the outside world is processed through all sensory channels (visual, smell, hear, taste, feel, proprioceptive (to the touch), vestibular (balance, movement and gait) and how the individual responds with motor movement. These motor movements include fine motor (required for handwriting manipulating toys, dressing one’s self, tying shoes, etc) and gross motor (walking, running, balance, climbing (including stairs) etc.) Often when individuals have difficulty in one or more of these areas they can become overwhelmed or intolerant because they cannot process the external information (stimuli). This can lead to many problems, including emotional dysregulation, nausea, tripping up stairs, fidgety movements, car sickness, a child who is always-on-the-go, etc.

Speech and Language Evaluation:

The purpose of this evaluation is to measure a person’s communication skills. These skills would include how a child understands language (receptive) and how a child communicates through language (expressive). If your child is having difficulty with expressing themselves or understanding communication in conversations, in content areas in school, and/or socially, you may want to consider a speech and language evaluation.

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