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Comprehensive Assessment

Why is an assessment important?

In many instances, assessments provide the necessary objective data required to understand a presenting concern. For BMG, comprehensive assessments are conducted for children and adolescents who experience behavioral, social-emotional difficulties, and/or learning challenges. The information obtained from such assessments is used to guide the treatment planning, instruction and overall learning experience for each person.

Who we evaluate?

Early Learners 3-6

Such assessments are designed for children ages 3-6 in order to measure their: (1) Achievement level – tests are administered in order to assess a child’s previous accomplishments and level of mastery of a specific skill. (2) Readiness – assesses a child’s relative knowledge of a specific skill and/or information that will be necessary for the next grade level. (3) Developmental Screening – Administered in order to determine if a child is at possible risk for persistent learning difficulties. (4) Socio-emotional competencies – assesses how a child feels about him/herself as well as assesses how a child can identify and manage his/her emotions. (5) Behavioral competencies – assesses how a child relates to others in a positive manner. (6) Learning capacity – assesses whether there is evidence of potential cognitive impairment that may impede a child’s ability to process information effectively. In addition to the comprehensive evaluation of a child, BMG believes it is important to also assess pertinent features of the child’s caregivers. Such criteria includes: (a) knowledge of child development (b) parent/child relational dynamics (c) parental stress and (d) level of support for the parent.

School-Aged Children 6-12

Such assessments are designed for children ages 6-17. As students matriculate through school, often times their ability to sustain the academic pace of their age equivalent peers becomes more challenging. In many instances, there are a number of contributing factors for such an academic discrepancy. In order to better understand possible influences, comprehensive evaluations are administered to: (1) Identify the preferred learning style. (2) Evaluate the cognitive processing abilities. (3) Determine if difficulties are indicative of ADHD and/or a Learning Disability. (4) Assess behavioral, emotional and interpersonal contributing factors

Adolescents 13-17

Such assessments are designed for children ages 6-17. As students matriculate through school, often times their ability to sustain the academic pace of their age equivalent peers becomes more challenging. In many instances, there are a number of contributing factors for such an academic discrepancy. In order to better understand possible influences, comprehensive evaluations are administered to: (1) Identify the preferred learning style. (2) Evaluate the cognitive processing abilities. (3) Determine if difficulties are indicative of ADHD and/or a Learning Disability. (4) Assess behavioral, emotional and interpersonal contributing factors

Young Adults-Continuing Ed 18-24

If a student has been previously diagnosed with a behavioral health or learning concern prior to graduating, it will be necessary for this student to have current documentation of such. This documentation affords the student the opportunity to access services and accommodations offered through the Office of Disability Services. While some students are often hesitant to pursue services through ODS due to embarrassment or shame, students need to understand the significant benefits one can receive if the appropriate accommodations are put in place. Enrollment in OD services is confidential; thus no one has to know unless a student chooses to reveal such information. Moreover, the benefit of receiving this essential support can aid a student in reaching his/her maximal potential while matriculating through college. BMG can conduct these evaluations in order to meet the eligibility criteria for disability services. BMG will also work with the student and his/her parent with developing an appropriate treatment plan designed to support the academic and interpersonal needs of the student.