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What is the evaluation process?

Dr. Dub's evaluations are thorough and collaborative. There are six steps in the evaluation process.
  1. Parent Meeting: Prior to meeting with a child, there is a parent conference that enables a beginning understanding of a child and the reason for referral. This meeting assists in generating ideas for the testing and report writing processes. Parents are asked to bring prior testing reports (i.e., psychological, neuropsychological, educational, speech-language, or occupational therapy evaluations), school reports (including report cards, standardized testing results), and prior special education documentation including the Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan. Parents will be asked to sign a mutual release of information thereby allowing consultation between Dr. Dub, the school, and any other professionals (i.e., private tutors, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, ABA therapists) working with an individual child. Parents may be asked to complete a behavior rating scale to assist in better understanding the child.
  2. School Observation (optional, but suggested): This piece of the evaluation is pivotal, especially for young students. A school observation assists in seeing a child in his/her routine (a one-on-one testing situation does not provide a complete picture of a child on a daily basis in a natural environment). The school observation can help determine interventions, the appropriateness of the current placement, and supports that can be accessed within the school environment. During a school observation, there may also be the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with a child's teacher(s) and other personnel familiar with a student.
  3. Individual Testing: Testing time varies depending upon a child's age. The testing component of an evaluation is scheduled in time blocks lasting between two to three hours per session. There are typically three to four sessions needed with a preference for the sessions occurring at different times during the day (i.e., morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon). This is done to ensure that there is ample opportunity to see how a child functions at different points in time during the day.
  4. Consultation and Report Writing: Once the individual testing has been completed, report writing takes approximately three weeks. This time allows for additional consultation with other professionals familiar with a child.
  5. Parent Feedback: Once the report is completed, a parent feedback conference is scheduled to review testing results. This feedback session may last up to 2 hours. Questions are answered, concerns are clarified, and the hope is that parents leave the meeting with a greater understanding of their child and the reasoning behind some of the observed behaviors in home and school environments. The goal is to give parents direction and a "roadmap" in seeking out support and services from schools or private professionals. Parents are encouraged to read the pscyhoeducational report soon after the feedback meeting and to contact Dr. Dub for additional consultation. Referrals for mental health and educational professionals who are specifically trained to work with children and families are available.
  6. Follow-Up: Dr. Dub is available to attend school-based meetings (i.e., support team, special education or Section 504 meetings) in person or on a conference call to advocate for a child's needs.

  © 2007 Elyse Dub, Ph. D., NCSP, NYS Licensed Psychologist