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ADHD – Misdiagnosed

ADHD is defined as a chronic condition that consists of a combination of persistent problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  A typical evaluation for ADHD includes a questionnaire for the teacher and a questionnaire for the parents. The questions are centered around observations of sustained attention, hyperactive behavior, and impulsivity.  Checking enough […]

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How Our Assessments are Different

When a student is struggling in school, an evaluation can be performed so that the cause for the struggles can be uncovered. So, here is what happens when a school district (or a lot of school trained diagnosticians working outside the districts) completes an evaluation. First, the student’s processing skills are assessed. In order to […]

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When Do You Need an Advocate

A Special Education Advocate is a professional who helps families navigate the laws surrounding both Special Education and Section 504. An Advocate is usually called in when a family feels that the school district is not acting in the best interest of their student.  An advocate has working knowledge of state and federal laws that […]

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We Assess Adults for ADHD

Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In adults, ADHD if often associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and even substance abuse. Adults with ADHD often experience difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives.  They may exhibit struggles with day to day responsibilities, time management, and organization.  ADHD adults may […]

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Using Surveys/Questionnaires to Diagnose ADHD

Because there is not one single test for ADHD and it is typically diagnosed through a “preponderance of evidence”, many doctors and practitioners will administer one of many ADHD behavior questionnaires to determine if there is enough evidence to make a diagnosis. The surveys are often completed by the parents, teachers, and if the child […]

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Career Planning and Assessments

High school and college students are often confused on what it is they want to be when they grow up. It is sometimes difficult for them to narrow down a career path and they often feel lost in all of their choices. In addition, some students feel forced to make a decision and end up […]

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STAAR: What are the Allowable Accommodations?

So, now that we have covered how an accommodation is defined and we have learned about who is eligible to receive accommodations, let’s talk about the accommodations that your student can actually receive on the STARR test? Here is a list of allowable accommodations that can be implemented through the appropriate campus committee: Individualized Structured […]

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