Assessment Process

Interview

Each assessment begins with an interview with the person requesting the assessment or their parents, as appropriate. During the interview we discuss:

  • Your goals for the assessment

  • Details about the assessment process

  • Current and historical information relevant to the assessment process

  • Identify other individuals or organazations (e.g., schools and testing boards) who will provide information for the assessment and receive information from it

  • Determine whether or not it would be helpful to observe you the client in one or more settings (e.g., home, school, after-school sports or clubs, etc.)

Testing

You or your child, depending on who the assessment is for, completes a variety of tests, some like puzzles, others more academic, depending on your asssessment goals.

Some characteristics of testing at Spark:

  • EngagingMany of the tools we use feel like games or puzzles. 

  • Dynamic—Assessment batteries are selected and modified based on information obtained as we progress through the assessment.

  • Usually takes 6-8 hours, split up into 2 or 3 sessions

Feedback

We compile all of the information that we have gathered from you, other sources you have identified (teachers, coaches, etc.), and testing in a report. This report contains:

  • Current and historical information about real-world functioning, organized to provide context for test findings

  • Test scores and percentiles, as well as an analysis of the patterns seen among the scores

  • Conclusions about functioning, including areas of strength and weakness, as well as any applicable diagnoses (e.g., a learning disorder or ADHD)

  • Recommendations for supporting learning and growth in the cognitive and social domains across home, school, and other applicable settings. 

Follow-up

After the feedback session, we're still here to support you. We're happy to provide

  • Meet with school personnel or other professionals to explain the results of our assessment

  • Assist with referrals to speech therapists, occupational therapists, or other professionals who carry out suggested recommendations

  • Provide additional information about resources referenced in our recommendations

  • Discuss future testing whenever you feel that it would be beneficial

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