• Jeana-Marie Allan, Psy.D.

End of Semester

The holidays are quickly upon us and so looms the end of the academic semester/marking period. For many students and families, this time of year at school can be incredibly stressful, especially if a student is underperforming in one or any of their classes. There are a variety of reasons which may help to explain a student’s difficulties with accessing their curriculum and/or performing to the best of their abilities.

Some of those reasons may include:

· lack of attention/focus

· poor organization and task initiation

· impulsive behavior

· difficulties with auditory or visual processing

· challenges with math, reading, spelling, and/or writing

· test anxiety

· emotional difficulties

When academic challenges arise, it is important to seek support and clarification surrounding yours or your child’s intellectual/cognitive, academic, and emotional needs. Psycho-educational testing will allow you or your child to better understand their unique learning profile, while also providing a roadmap to the type of supports needed for successful growth. For some students, testing may even elucidate the need for formalized educational supports through a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). These learning plans are established to help ensure that you or your child receive the accommodations necessary to learn and grow at the same level as other peers. Examples of these academic accommodations include, but are not limited to, extra time on tests and assignments, use of a calculator or other mathematical visual-aids, structured breaks, extra tutoring, 1-to-1 aid supports, preferential seating, etc. Advanced students may also utilize testing to help them achieve accommodations on formalized testing such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT.

In other words, with the support of a comprehensive evaluation, you or your child can better understand the learning road blocks which may be prohibiting academic success in order to overcome them.

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