A comprehensive (bilingual--English/Russian
or English/Ukrainian--when required) developmental and psycho-educational
assessment is done to address language, cognitive, behavioral,
and academic issues of pre-school and school-age children
adopted from overseas orphanages.
assessment may be necessary for children on arrival as well
as for those who have been in the country for a while and
demonstrate a need for remediation and special education
services at school.
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goal of a psycho-educational assessment is to evaluate your
child's psychological and academic issues and obtain a clinical
report that spells out the needs for special education placement
and services required for effective remediation of the child.
assessment on arrival is recommended when:
- The child had been
placed in a specialized orphanage for the ill and mentally
disabled and/or attended a specialized school in the native
- There are certain
medical conditions or diagnoses (e.g. oligophrenia) stipulated
in the original medical records of the child.
- The child was diagnosed
with educational disability and received special services
(e.g.: speech/language) in the country of origin.
- The child failed
to start his/her formal education on time, was retained
in the same grade, or received after-school remediation
in the native country.
assessment includes the following procedures:
- Intake interview
with parents resulting in setting goals and objectives
for the evaluation. This is usually done through telephone
and e-mail prior to an appointment in the office.
- Review and the interpretation
of adoption-related documentation from the native country
(Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other countries of Eastern
Europe). Interpretation of the child's specific background
and its effects on the current psycho-educational and
developmental status of the child. Review of all previous
evaluations, medical exams, the Individual Educational
Program (IEP) of the child and therapy progress reports.
The parents have to mail copies of all documents to our
office at least a week prior to the appointment.
- Clinical observation
of child's interactions and test-taking behavior in the
- Two clinical testing
sessions, normally completed within one day (in the morning
and after the lunch break). For older children (12-16)
three sessions may be required. Evaluation is done using
(but not limited to) the tests and clinical procedures,
taken from the pool of psychological instruments - see
list of assessment tests and instruments. Selection
is determined by the child's age and the nature of the
- A follow-up conference
with the parents to discuss findings and recommendations
upon completion of the testing (the same day).
- Written clinical
report, submitted to the parents/school district within
3 weeks after the last testing session. The report normally
contains an explanation of the child's educational needs,
recommendations for the school setting and educational
classification, supportive and remedial services, and
recommended goals for the child's Individualized Educational
- Additional consultation
with the parents and/or school personnel within 2 weeks
of clinical report submission.
about the full assessment and preparation for it