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Assessment

We provide Neurological and Psycho-Educational assessments including Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for children and adolescents. NELDC provides comprehensive diagnostic educational evaluations for children from age 3 through age 22,and college students.

An evaluation yields a profile of learning strengths and weaknesses and gives insight into an individual’s approach to learning, problem solving, and working. This valuable self knowledge can make the difference between success and failure, whether in school or on the job.

All evaluation instruments are widely used and parallel the instruments used in the public schools. The findings are interpreted according to the most current standards of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 and Massachusetts Department of Education Rules for Special Education Services.

Our staff in includes special education teachers, school psychologists and a on staff neruopsychologist. Susan Brefach has been providing neuropsychology evaluations for the past 20 years.

Full Assessment

NELDC's evaluation is distinguished by its in-depth examination of the whole individual. The process involves gathering information from significant people in the individual’s life: parents, a spouse, and/or teacher(s). Our professional diagnostician selects the range of inventories to be used based on individual needs. We offer a variety of assessments in the following categories:

  • Cognitive (Thinking)
  • Achievement (Performance)
  • Executive Function Skills
  • Screens for attention

Other assessments are given on an as-needed basis to further diagnose specific areas such as reading, listening, language, executive functions, and visual-motor abilities. Our licensed psychologist provide additional insights through a separate consultation.

Written Evaluation

NELDC’s comprehensive report includes a profile of cognitive abilities and academic strengths and weaknesses, and offers strategies to improve performance at school, college, or work.

Interpretation

After the evaluation is completed, diagnostician and clients meet to review the results of the assessment and follow-up plan of action.

Follow-Up

NELDC also offers and array of services to address learning needs identified through an evaluation including:

  • Reading and MathTutoring
  • Home School Program
  • Talented and Gifted Program

NELDC provides Classroom Observations and Functional Behavioral Assessments

Functional behavioral assessment is generally considered to be a problem-solving process for addressing student problem behavior. It relies on a variety of techniques and strategies to identify the purposes of specific behavior and to help IEP teams select interventions to directly address the problem behavior. Functional behavioral assessment should be integrated, as appropriate, throughout the process of developing, reviewing, and, if necessary, revising a student’s IEP.

A functional behavioral assessment looks beyond the behavior itself. The focus when conducting a functional behavioral assessment is on identifying significant, pupil-specific social, affective, cognitive, and/or environmental factors associated with the occurrence (and non-occurrence) of specific behaviors. This broader perspective offers a better understanding of the function or purpose behind student behavior. Behavioral intervention plans based on an understanding of "why" a student misbehaves are extremely useful in addressing a wide range of problem behaviors.