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What are Diagnostic Evaluations?

Diagnostic evaluations are a set of assessments that are conducted on a one-to-one (Diagnostician to child) basis in order to determine strengths and weaknesses and develop an individualized plan to enable students to perform optimally in their school and home environments.

Based on the need and age of each child, the Diagnostic team offers a wide range of evaluations.   The ACS Athens Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center offers assessments in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Strengths and weaknesses (ex. Problem solving and conceptualization, executive functioning, planning and organization, attention, memory, learning)
  • Academic Achievement (ex. Language, Mathematics)
  • Perceptual Processing and Motor Skills
  • ADHD-Specific Evaluation
  • Tests for Dyslexia
  • Behavioral
  • Social-Emotional well-being

In order to develop a holistic understanding of the child’s learning style, the following methods of evaluation may also be employed:

  • Educational and Clinical history through the Intake Form
  • Guardian Interview
  • Teacher Interviews
  • Behavioral observations
  • Review of previous psycho-educational tests

When the evaluation process is completed, guardians will receive the following:

  • A report detailing the results of the psycho-educational assessments.   Recommendations for strategies and interventions and, if applicable, referral for further evaluation and services will also be included in this report
  • A consultation with members of the Diagnostic team in order to discuss the results of the evaluations
  • For ACS Athens students, we continue to work with both school and family until school success is achieved

Evaluation Procedures

  1. Referral: A referral is made by the child’s Guardian, the ACS Athens Child Study Team, or another educational professional
  2. Initial Contact: The Guardian contacts the Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center at ACS Athens and arranges an appointment for the upcoming week.   The Guardian completes the Intake Form and submits it before the initial meeting; the Form will be provided by our office.
  3. Intake Interview: Diagnostic team member(s) meet with the Guardian to discuss the information on the Intake Form and gather necessary details.   The Guardian is requested to bring any previous assessments of the child
  4. Testing Initiates: Testing with the child may occur over several days depending on the necessary evaluations to be administered
  5. Final Meeting: Diagnostic team member(s) meet with Guardian to discuss results and recommendations

Additional Services

Consultations by appointment: If you would like to confidentially discuss any of the following in relation to your child, individual consultations are available by appointment at an additional cost:

  • Understanding testing results conducted at another testing center
  • Translating diagnostic data to school programming or for decisions concerning school placement options
  • Guidance about the next steps after testing
  • Exploring whether psycho-educational testing is recommended
  • Other concerns

Confidentiality

Children’s records and reports are all strictly confidential.  A copy of the report will be kept in the student’s confidential file, in a secure location.  The report will not be made readily available to anyone unless guardians have provided written consent.   Confidentiality may be revoked only in the following circumstances:

  • A student is a danger to himself or others, and the law mandates that action must be taken to prevent such harm
  • If the child is in need of protection, and a psycho-educational report is required
  • If there is a court order for these records to be disclosed