At Peak, we offer a variety of services, from decoding plans and evaluations your child has received at school to providing our own in-office testing to customized tutoring. Because we work on a very individualized, case-by-case basis, a combination of our services may be right for your child.
- IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING AT SCHOOL–WITH ACADEMICS OR WITH BEHAVIOR? We’d love to meet with you and talk through your concerns. We can perform hands-on, research-based interventions, and develop an action plan to support your child and their teachers.
- HAS YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL CONTACTED YOU ABOUT STRUGGLES IN THE CLASSROOM? Are they suggesting a Response to Intervention Meeting or Section 504 meeting? We can walk you through the referral process and give you tips on how to play an active role in this process.
- DOES YOUR CHILD ALREADY HAVE AN INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (IEP), SECTION 504 PLAN OR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN (ISP)? Do you need help wading through all the formalities? We can help you decipher and understand these plans. Simply share it with us via email or through a face-to-face meeting and we will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- HAS YOUR CHILD RECENTLY BEEN EVALUATED BY THEIR SCHOOL? WAS A FULL AND INDIVIDUAL EVALUATION (FIE) CREATED? If you need help interpreting the results and understanding the next steps, we can review the FIE with you and offer our evaluation expertise.
We evaluate phonological awareness—thought to be the underlying cause of dyslexia. Additionally, we look at academic areas, such as reading decoding skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and spelling/writing skills.
Cognitive/Thinking Skills Evaluations (Full Scale IQ)
This evaluation measures a student’s general intelligence, including: verbal, induction, and spatial reasoning, working memory, processing speed, and phonetic coding.
Decoding/word reading, reading comprehension, reading rate/accuracy, math calculations, math problem solving, and written expression skills are evaluated using norm-referenced assessments. We also gather information from your child’s teacher about his/her abilities in the classroom setting.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Children are evaluated in the areas of cognition, academic skills, and oral language to help parents determine strengths, weaknesses, and school readiness.
Oral Language Evaluations
Listening comprehension and oral expression abilities are evaluated using norm-referenced assessments. We will gather information from your child’s teacher about his/her abilities in the classroom setting.
Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Model of Cognitive Evaluation
The PSW model is currently being used in many school districts to determine if a student meets disability conditions as a student with a Learning Disability. In this method, the seven major areas of cognition are assessed, and a pattern of strengths and weaknesses is used to interpret scores. Assessments include language development, induction skills, sequential reasoning, visual processing, short-term memory, long-term storage and retrieval, processing speed, and auditory processing.
The DSM-V criteria is used for identifying disabilities.
To determine if your child exhibits characteristics consistent with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, we will gather information from you and the classroom teacher (this includes interviews and completion of rating scales). A classroom observation may be conducted, if warranted. Because ADHD is medical in nature, it will be important to involve your child’s pediatrician.
Adaptive Behavior Evaluation
To determine your child’s adaptive behavior skills, information will be gathered from a parent/caregiver and teacher (if applicable) through a norm-referenced rating scale.
This information is important for identifying strengths and weaknesses within a person’s practical, everyday skill set needed to function and meet the demands of their environment. An adaptive behavior evaluation is completed in tandem with a cognitive evaluation when Intellectual Disabilities are suspected.