Preparing Your Child for an Evaluation

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Preparing Your Child for an Evaluation

Preparing Your Child for an Evaluation | LA County Special Education

Whether your child is going to be having an evaluation at school or is having an independent evaluation, you should definitely do some explaining before the event. Although the extent of your explanation will certainly depend on the age and the understanding of your child, not explaining at all can lead to a very difficult day as well as an evaluation that does not accurately reveal your child’s needs. Here are a few tips that can help you and your child.

Discuss School Difficulties

Begin by asking your child what difficulties he faces at school. He may say that he has trouble fitting in with his peers, that he dreads recess or that he does not understand arithmetic concepts. You can also ask about what is going well at school and what your child enjoys. By looking at these two opposing aspects, your child will be better prepared to see how an evaluation could help him succeed in school.

Discuss What Will Happen During the Evaluation

Most children like to know what to expect, especially if something out of the ordinary is about to occur. Your child should know that an evaluation will be much more low-key than a test and that it might be quite fun. While it is important for your child to try his best, he should know that he cannot fail the evaluation. 

Discuss Special Services and Support

Children who are old enough to realize that they are struggling in school may be encouraged to realize that an evaluation can help them. The evaluation may let them receive extra services, such as tutoring, that will help them do their best and feel better about their accomplishments.

In general, the younger your child is, the more generalized your explanation should be. However, older children typically already realize that all is not as it should be with their schooling, and they realize that something should be done to help them. Therefore, they will usually need more in-depth explanations so that they can feel comfortable with having an evaluation. You may also need to meet with a school counselor or psychologist to discuss social implications, such as bullying, if they arise. The goal of this time of preparation should be to help your child feel comfortable with what will be happening, which will help him have a better and more accurate evaluation.

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