What Are Some Behavioral Signs Indicating A Child Might Benefit from A Psychoeducational Assessment?
Anxiety or school refusal: Children who face daily frustrations, struggles and embarrassment at school tend to worry excessively, and their difficulties often present themselves as anxiety-like symptoms. Children who are having trouble learning are often keenly aware that they are learning differently than their peers, and developmentally, they often haven’t developed coping skills or means to deal with the stress this causes.
Learned Helplessness or passivity with schoolwork: Students who experience consistent failure and difficulty despite continued effort, often give up and put limited effort into school work, as a protective mechanism for their self-esteem.
Misbehaviour: Children with learning difficulties often engage in disruptive behaviours, and can be aggressive at times to avoid the task at hand
Boredom: Children who find some areas of school easy, may need enrichment.
A box has four sides, a bottom and a top,
or lid. Think of each side of this box as one of the 5 w's: who, what, where,
when, why (and one h, how)
Who: the population you are working with or wanting to work with. Do
you have a passion for one group over another? Do you seem to gravitate to one
or does your practice naturally fill with certain populations over others
(fetal alcohol, dyslexia, autism, auditory processing disorder, adhd,
preschool, middle school, adult)
What: this is the therapy you offer? ~ Interactive metronome, Integrated
Listening Systems, Irlen screening, Search and Teach, Lexercise/Orton-Gillingham, NILD, ET2,
tutoring are mine. Think about your programming, what you can offer from your toolbox
and what you would like to continue to research/investigate. Continued
education is critical to stay updated and current
Where:do you have your office out
of your home? Are you in a clinic? Do you work online? (Webex, Skype, FaceTime) and what
are the reasons for your location or setting. Is it working or does it need to
When:Do you offer your services
before and after school only, in the evenings, on weekends or do you suggest
parents pull their children out of school to have therapy during the day? Is it
twice a week for 90 minutes, 60 minutes, 45 minutes, half an hour? Is it part
in your therapy office and part at home? What is the best prescription?
Why:this is based on
assessments, data-driven, measurable goals for accountablilty for you as a
therapist (is the client achieving the set goals or are they wasting their
money?) what are the perhaps “less obvious” reasons for the therapy and how can
those needs be met within a best practice framework?
How:this is the lid of the box
and absolutely must be not only opened, to see inside all the coursework,
training, skills and experiences you as a therapist have to offer BUT, most
importantly, all of the stuff needs to be taken OUT of the framework of the box
(the training) and laid out on the table. This is where the real work and fun
begins … personality comes in to play as each therapist brings their unique
personality to blend with the client and real learning takes place in a
symbiotic way. This is what “out of the box” thinking needs to look like. Don’t
throw out the box, don’t downplay the importance of structure and framework, as
training and expertise are important.
Just as clothes aren’t made to fit
perfectly right off the rack, techniques are meant to be tailored, too. the
best learning comes through discovery. So, keep the box for all the items in
your toolbox, but don’t be afraid to put it to the side while you work.
Tomorrow marks 'back to school' again, a great time for new clothes, new supplies and new friends. I, too, have some new things to share with you! In July I moved to Kitchener, opening up my private practice in a more central location. My new office space is on the second floor, shared with the fabulous Project Read:
#201-124 Sydney Street
For those of you who know me virtually, through Lexercise.com, Integrated Listening Systems or Interactive Metronome, my physical address may not be practical for you. Never fear, I included you in the newness, too!
I changed my e-mail address to better reflect the many services I offer. I will be continuing to check my personal account, but please add this one to your contacts so I don't end up as "spam"
Whether you are not sure if you are interested in therapy, a current or a past client, don't hesitate to let me know if you would like to drop by and see the new space ... I would love to show you around! As always, let me know how I can help you or someone you know.