Miriam (Cherkes-Julkowski) Swenson, Ph.D.
Connecticut, New York, Arizona
AD/HD, LEARNING DISABILITIES, GIFTED, AUTISM, SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT
SAMPLE EVALUATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
An effective evaluation describes strengths and weaknesses, uncovers hidden strengths, explains the specific nature of a disability or problem, how it interferes with learning and prescribes detailed steps to take as intervention.
AN EFFECTIVE EVALUATION RECOGNIZES THAT:
• intervention depends on an understanding of the problem
• intervention depends on an understanding of strengths
• scores are not enough
• practice and drill are NOT the keys to learning
• errors are critical to both learning and diagnosis
• strengths are at least as important as weaknesses
• all aspects of a child develop in interaction with each other
• individualization meaningfully connects learner and information
• results and recommendations need to be accessible to parents