Shoshanah Mercado, Ed.S
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A full psycho-educational battery usually includes an IQ , academic, processing and, possibly, a behavioral screening. What specific assessments are used will depend on the referring issues. Typically, identified areas of need are learning disabilities, processing deficits, Autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. In addition, these assessments are often requested for accommodations purposes on college board assessments.
Gifted identification typically requires an overall IQ of 130, as demonstrated on a standardized and normed intellectual assessment. I am able to test children from the ages of 4+. Your child's school district will likely also require completion of a characteristics checklist.
There are three types of ADHD; hyperactive/impulsive, inattentive, and combined type. If your child is struggling to focus and/or maintain control of his/her behaviors, ADHD could be the cause or it could be due to something else. It is important to ascertain what is causing the behaviors because many of the symptoms overlap with other issues. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity could be due any number of things (anxiety, depression, unidentified academic issues, etc). An evaluation will help you and your child's teacher identify the characteristics of ADHD evident in your child and, based on that feedback, a report will be written and provided to you. It will also contain recommendations for accommodating your child in the classroom.
I also evaluate for adult ADHD.
Homeschool Evaluation/Portfolio Review
Homeschool parents in the state of Florida are required by law to show proficiency on an annual basis to their local school district. I am able to offer progress monitoring assessments to show academic growth or, because I hold a valid Florida teaching certificate, simply review your child's portfolio (grades k-12) and sign off that they are making adequate progress.
Forms of payment accepted are Cash, Check, Visa or Mastercard. I am unable to accept insurance, but I am happy to work with you and offer sliding scales and/or payment arrangements. I am also a provider for Gardiner Scholarship.
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