The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 78

a child is experiencing difficulty in a
specific area. For example, if a child has
trouble reading single words, tests of
phonological processing and reading
efficiency may also be administered to
determine the cause.
Social/emotional functioning.
the process of understanding strengths
and weaknesses in a child, it is impor-
tant to examine not only their cognitive
and academic functioning, but also
their social and emotional functioning.
This may be done in a variety of ways,
depending on the age of the child and the
examiner’s approach.
For younger children, social/emo-
tional and behavioral functioning is often
assessed through parent questionnaires.
Teachers may also be asked to complete
questionnaires regarding your child’s
learning and behavior. As children get
older, they may complete questionnaires
assessing how they feel; and tests may be
administered to measure how they cope
with and view social relationships.
Screening the Evaluator
When interviewing a potential evalua-
tor for your child, ask the following ques-
tions to help find the “best fit” for you
and your child:
What is your experience assessing
students this age?
The amount of time an evaluator spends with a child can
vary from several hours on a single occasion to shorter
periods of time on multiple occasions.
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