About the Assessments

 

Assessments strive to identify the weaknesses (and strengths!) of how a child learns. And then, RIGHT OR WRONG we put a name on it.  We now have a “label” that describes how the child processes the written and spoken word.  This label allows us to find which reading program will be successful in raising your child’s reading level .

I’m assuming that you are following your intuition that there is something impeding your child’s classroom performance.

Clearly, there is a pattern here; your intuition is most likely correct and this is a situation that requires you to be proactive to get out in front of it.

You asked me to show you other teaching methods that have proven successful for those stubborn learners.

There are a few very effective programs offered in an ONLINE format that teach to your child’s specific learning strengths and the typical result is at least 2 year’s gain of reading improvement within the first 8 weeks on the program. In fact, the teachers who work with the kids are so confident that they guarantee these results by offering the 3rd month on the program at no cost to you, if this benchmark is not met.

These ONLINE THERAPY programs are awesome! Kids engage with the graphics while they are re-programming old learning behaviors and initiating new learning skills.

I can’t pretend otherwise: the program takes work. You or another adult is responsible for arranging your child’s life and frame of mind around learning these new skills and assuring that they are prepared to meet their teacher in a skype-type call every week and completing the assigned homework.  We promise you that your child will not be overloaded!

Doing this bit of extra work at home to supplement what your child is getting in school will teach them solid learning skills that they can take with them through the college level.

However, there is one more step we have to take BEFORE we explore ONLINE THERAPY.

We HAVE TO KNOW what the learning disorder is.

There’s no real way around it.

You are one step away from having the information you need to improve your child’s reading skills.

Are you ready?

A complete description of all of the tests is provided below.

Here’s what you can expect when you and your child take the tests:

The LEARNING ASSESSMENTS take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.  Open HOW TO TAKE THE TESTS on the top menu before you take each test and read the step-by-step instructions.  EASY!

Read the questions to your child and then record their answers. Be fair and be honest with your child’s answers!  And always be neutral. Don’t impose your feelings on what you think the answer should be.

It’s the child’s answer that matters and you’ll be surprised at how often even a young child will say “nobody’s ever asked me that!  That’s exactly what’s going on!”

One of the tests is for you, the parent, to answer by yourself without your child.  Some are tough questions; honest answers are essential.

These tests are used by professional educators and also by doctors in their office.  We are making them available to you so you can ask those tough questions and have faith in the answers.

In 45 short minutes you’ll have the info you need to move past this learning problem in your child’s life.

Are you ready to move forward?

BEGIN ASSESSMENTS

                  

Here’s a complete description of  the Assessments and what they test for:

Vision Disorder:  The Reading Remedy Assessments test for three types of vision disorders that contribute to reading delays.  All three tests take about 20 minutes to complete.  The Vision Disorder tests are read out-loud to the child by a parent and the parent records the child’s answers on the test grid.

Convergence Insufficiency (CI) Symptom Survey: This is a standardized test that has proven to identify CI the most common vision disorder that delays the acquisition of reading skills. It occurs in approximately  83% of kids who are reading behind their grade level in school. (Journal of Optometric Visual Science, 2009)

Focusing Disorder:  This is an informal survey that identifies problems with weak focusing muscles resulting in blurry vision when reading. This can affect people who work at the computer for long periods of time, people who spend a lot of time on their cell phones and students who read for many hours.

Visual Processing Disorder.  This is an informal survey that helps to identify those people who have difficulty processing and understanding visual information.


Attention Deficit Disorder with Inattention and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity are behavior disorders that can impact how well a child learns in school.

Differentiating between the types of Attention Deficit help us redirect the learning behavior with targeted therapy which may be different depending on the diagnosis.

Vanderbilt Assessment for ADD/ADHD takes about 20 minutes to complete.   This is a standardized test identifying those people with Attention Deficit Disorder (Primarily Inattentive);  Attention Deficit Disorder (Primarily Hyperactivity) and ADD/HD (in combination).

This test also tests for disorders that are not usually considered to be in the ADD/HD classification.  Some kids are diagnosed as ADD/HD but they may exhibit behavior that at times borders on one or more of the following classifications:
a.   Oppositional-Defiant Disorder (This tests provides a Screening for this behavior)
b.   Conduct Disorder (A Screening is provided for this behavior also)
c.   Anxiety/Depression (Same here, this is a Screening for this behavior)


The Reading Remedy’s Dyslexia Screener.  Studies show that 20% of kids with a reading disorder  have dyslexia.  This test takes about 20 minutes to complete.

This is a two-part test. The first part is based on The San Diego Quick Assessment Test and it is standardized. It presents groups of words in increasing complexity and determines at what grade level most students can read those words. Your child reads the words and when s/he can no longer correctly say the word, we end the test and that is the grade at which your child can read.  Please keep in mind that if your child is more than 2 grade levels in reading behind their actual grade, they are considered to have delayed reading skills.

The second part of this test contains 2 groups of nonsense words.  Your child reads these words out loud and when s/he can no longer correctly say the sounds of the letters, the test ends.  This is a screening test; it allows us to evaluate if the child knows and remembers what each letter of the alphabet sounds like.

The combination of reduced grade level  of reading skills and inability to correctly say the sounds of letters identifies problems with phonological processing of language, or in other words, dyslexia.


Auditory Processing Disorder Survey. Studies show that 42% of students behind in reading have some degree of auditory processing disorder. This Survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Directions on how to give the APD test precede the test. This test is a survey that lists common signs of Auditory Processing Disorder.  The survey is self-correcting.  On a sliding scale based on the number of positive results, you will be alerted if your score is consistent with someone at displays the symptoms of APD.

Once We Understand the Problem  *  We Can Define the Solution!

In 45 short minutes you’ll have the info you need to move past this learning problem in your child’s life.

Are you ready to take this step?

BEGIN ASSESSMENTS