Educational Evaluations & Testing
Every child develops at his or her own pace. We often expect development to be a straight line. Yet for many kids, development is uneven. These children shine in many areas, and need a lot of support in other areas. Uneven development is most frustrating when a child can't yet meet expectations in some area that is important to them, like school, home life, or friendships.
Educational evaluations offer insight about your child's specific learning profile. You'll discover your child's unique strengths as well as their vulnerabilities. You'll learn how your child thinks and processes information, why they have trouble with some tasks, and what they need to be successful.
An evaluation is a thread in the rope of understanding and supporting your child’s profile. The results will help to inform the team of adults who support your child so that her learning needs can be met.
Our evaluations are guided by the questions you have about your child.
The first step in an evaluation is a parent consultation, where we discuss the concerns you have about your child. Based on the information you provide and the questions you want answered, a specific plan is designed for your child's evaluation.
The next step is testing, event during which your child completes many different kinds of tasks. These interactive tasks are designed to find out the unique ways that your child thinks, processes, and learns.
The day of testing is a lot like a day of school. Your child will be asked to do many different activities, depending on your child's age and your questions.
Test day activities might include:
Hands-on tasks like drawing, looking at pictures, solving puzzles, and building
Verbal activities like listening, answering questions, and sharing what she knows
Problem-solving tasks like discovering a pattern, or figuring out how two things are alike
Learning and memory activities like retelling a story or learning a list of words
Giving me his perspective by telling me about school, talking about his family and friends, sharing his favorite activities and what he is good at, and filling out paper-and-pencil questionnaires
Technology activities like completing a test on an iPad or computer
Academic tasks like reading, writing, and math problems
If he or she is a young child, we might play together with using specific toys designed to assess play skills and social skills
TESTING WITH DR. KRISTIN BENNETT
When Kristin evaluates a child for special education services, she draws upon experience as a classroom teacher, as an assessment designer, and as an administrator in charge of educational assessment. Her office is comfortable and her classroom experience helps make her students feel at home. Once she identifies an educational need, her background helps her design a practical, working plan that teachers, administrators, and students alike will find useful. Her extensive network of educational professionals helps her match students with the right type of help, if needed.
Dr. Bennett became a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician board candidate after years of experience as an educator. She started her career teaching eighth grade science, math, and social studies in an inclusive school environment. She earned a doctorate focused on Curriculum, Measurement, and Evaluation with a focus on cognition. She interned in an ADHD clinic and helped design assessments for the College Board. She returned to full-time teaching at the college level, teaching Educational Psychology, Teaching Students with Special Needs, and various Methodology courses to pre-service teachers at Wake Forest University. During her time at WFU, she also designed a new course, Learning and Cognitive Science, that became part of the neuroscience minor. Most recently, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Summit School, a role that required her to oversee all school-based assessment.
Read more about Dr. Bennett including her licensing, certification, and professional memberships.
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