First Steps When Your Child Struggles in School
When the phone rings in my office, I am excited to pick it up and answer questions that parents might have about their child. Often, they are calling to inquire about admissions to Springer School and Center. “What is the first step in the admissions process?”
To answer this question, I have to ask questions! The questions I ask are similar to those posed by Whitney Hollins in her article on the website Understood.org entitled Are My Child’s Struggles Serious Enough for an Evaluation?
- Is your child struggling in school? Are you concerned about a particular subject area? Do you have documentation or test scores that substantiate these concerns?
- Does your child’s teacher show concern? How does the teacher describe his academic skills? How are they supporting him? How is homework time going at home?
- Is your child complaining about school or learning? Does she dread going to school each morning? Is she quieter than she used to be?
- Has the school requested to evaluate your child learning? Do they want your permission to do some testing?
To determine if Springer is the right fit for your child, there are admission requirements that include evaluation information prior to acceptance. First, a psychologist must have administered an IQ test – either the WISC or Stanford Binet. To be considered at Springer, the Full Scale IQ score should be 90 or above.
Additionally, academic testing should be included in the evaluation. Some tests that assess academic skills in relation to peers are the Woodcock Johnson (WJ), Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), or Aimsweb progress monitoring. This documentation is an important first step in helping families know if Springer’s program is what their child needs to be successful. Springer accepts this testing information from school districts and from private practicing psychologists. The choice of who does the testing is yours.
Available on Springer’s website is a helpful blog post in which Dr. Mary Ann Mulcahey begins to unpack the WISC intelligence test. Making Sense of the WISC And in February, Dr. Mulcahey will present a two-hour evening program for parents that will help parents understand and use the results from psychoeducational evaluations, and school assessments such as IOWA tests and ETR reports. Making the Most of Results from Standardized Assessments will be held February 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Springer’s campus. Pre-registration is required.
Understanding your child better is the goal of having an evaluation completed. Whether that new understanding leads you to Springer or down another path, you will be moving in a more positive direction. Give me a call if you have questions! 513 871-6080 ext. 211