In-Home Services

Parents, are you caught in a struggle over homework? Is your child falling behind? While there’s no magic recipe, there are ways to help children organize their time, finish assignments, and make the most of school.  DES offers in-home services for children grades k-12 and can help by providing parents with insight about their child’s learning needs, strategies, and support services to help foster academic success. 

Psycho-educational Evaluation Services

What is a psycho-educational evaluation?

 

A psycho-educational evaluation determines if your child has a learning disability or other issues that adversely impact his or her ability to learn.  This type of evaluation assesses your child's cognitive functioning, academic achievement levels, information processing abilities, and general emotional and behavioral issues. These evaluations usually measure emotional/behavioral functioning and their impact on your child's academic performance.  

 

Who does these evaluations?

Psycho-educational evaluations should be performed by a licensed psychologist (PhD or PsyD) who is trained and experienced in these types of specialized evaluations. While some learning specialists can do similar evaluations for learning disabilities, they are not trained to do comprehensive psycho-educational.

How long will an evaluation take?

A comprehensive evaluation can take at least 6 hours.  The evaluation can be done in one day, but is often separated into two or more days, depending upon the child.

During our discussion session, parents are provided with a comprehensive report that explains your child's assessment results, diagnosis (as relevant), your child's strengths and weaknesses and a list of accommodations and recommendations.

Psycho-educational Evaluation method generally includes (but is not limited to):

  • Specialized battery of testing instruments, like:

    • the WISC-Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (for cognitive abilities)

    • the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement (for academic levels)

    • tests of information processing abilities (visual-motor integration, phonological processing, etc.)

    • tests related to general emotional and personality functioning 

  • interviews with the child

  • interviews with parents and other relevant people

  • review of relevant records

Specialized Tutoring Services

Diagnostic & Educational Solutions has worked with many different kinds of learners. Some students  think creatively, but need specialized instruction to learn the academic foundations of reading, writing and math. Some students are fluent readers, but require support in developing critical thinking skills for comprehension. While there are bright and academically successful students who have great difficulty organizing themselves and benefit tremendously from practical coaching.

 

To help parents support their child's unique learning style, we offer flexible, individualized tutoring services provided by highly trained, experienced professionals. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are seen in the privacy your home.

Educational support services include:

  • Wilson Reading System™

  • Orton-Gillingham

  • Writing Organization

  • Executive Skills Coaching

  • Study Skills

  • Educational consulting

Parent Consultation & IEP Review

  •  Was your child referred to the I & RS team?

  • What is an I&RS plan all about?

  • Are you having difficulty understanding your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

DES provides Parent Consultation to answer questions regarding the referral process and your child's educational plan.

 

So, let's review your child's IEP program, related services and accommodations to make sure your child is being adequately served!

 

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