The College of New Jersey
Education Building Room 105
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
Director: Heather Tellier
Welcome to the TCNJ Student Evaluation Clinic
The Student Evaluation Clinic at TCNJ was created in order to better assist the community in identifying and diagnosing learning disabilities. A group of certified experts offer psycho-educational evaluations, social histories as well as speech, and language evaluations. Services are provided to individuals ages three and up, including adults. Our professionals offer individualized testing in a safe and caring environment and are state certified evaluators.
The evaluation process is extremely comprehensive. This is to ensure that the process is individualized for each person. Both standardized and functional tests are administered based on a profile. The process considers each individual’s specific strengths and weaknesses. A highly comprehensive, written report is provided for every person, along with detailed recommendations explaining their individual needs. After this is completed, the director of the clinic will meet with you to explain the results and recommendations as well as answer any questions you may have.
The battery of assessments is individually designed to address areas of concern, but all evaluations contain:
- A detailed developmental history that addresses academic, physical, and social development.
- A thorough review of all school reports, previous evaluations, and other patient data regarding the individual’s academic, medical, and social development
- Observations of the individual in his/her current classroom environment (if applicable); interviews with relevant school personnel; teacher and parent input in the form of questionnaires, rating scales, or classroom assessments
- If applicable and with consent, interviews with the individual’s tutor, therapist, or other professionals who can provide relevant data
- A formal evaluation consisting of an individually administered battery of tests to measure intellectual ability, perceptual and perceptual-motor functioning, language and processing skills, executive function skills, academic achievement, visual and auditory memory, attention and concentration, and social/emotional adjustment. This evaluation may take place over multiple sessions in order to obtain an accurate representation of an individual’s current functioning.
- A feedback session to discuss the results of the evaluation and a detailed, written report that includes recommendations will be provided.
Many parents worry when their child experiences difficulties in school. There are many possible causes of school challenges. A comprehensive evaluation can help parents better understand their child’s needs and guide them in meeting those needs at home and in school.
A comprehensive evaluation yields data that may help parents obtain special education services for their child. More importantly, this information can provide parents with strategies for supporting effective learning to help make school a successful experience for their child.
The TCNJ Student Evaluation Clinic provides educational, psychological, and speech-language evaluations throughout the school year and summer recess, working with both school districts and parents.
Comprehensive School Testing
Comprehensive School Testing includes psychological and educational evaluations, speech testing, and a social history. Click on each heading below to learn more about the particular evaluation.
Completed by a certified school psychologist, the comprehensive assessment provides a view of the student’s cognitive functioning (IQ) and a profile of strengths and weaknesses. Additional assessment tools may provide input regarding perceptual, memory, and behavioral difficulties which may impact achievement.
Completed by a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT/C), the educational evaluation assesses and analyzes a child’s academic performance and learning characteristics. This evaluation will assess the areas of reading, writing, and math as well as oral language.
♦Speech and Language Evaluation
Completed by the Speech and Language specialist, a speech and language evaluation is warranted when the child demonstrates difficulty understanding or using language correctly. Problems could include, but are not limited to: stuttering, voice issues, processing verbal information, and articulation (correct production of speech sounds). A speech and language evaluation is required if the child is preschool aged.
Completed by a School Social Worker, the social evaluation is conducted through an interview with the parents. The interview will address such areas as the child’s birth and developmental history, as well as identification of specific parental concerns.
This type of evaluation is completed by the Learning Consultant and Speech-Language Pathologist.
Areas Tested Include:
- Writing- Organization and Mechanics/Syntax
- Word Recognition
- Reading Fluency
- Word Attack Skills (Decoding)
- Phonological Awareness
- Reading Comprehension
- Listening Comprehension
Potential Indicators of Learning Issues
- Difficulty acquiring language skills
- Inability to comprehend oral or written language
- Difficulty rhyming words and blending sounds when speaking, writing, and reading words
- Trouble in replication of content
- Difficulty in naming and recognizing letters
- Difficulty matching letters to sounds
- Difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words
- Consistent transposition of number sequences, letter reversals, inversions, and substitutions
Potential Indicators of Social/Emotional Issues
- Boredom/lack of motivation for learning
- Emotional immaturity
- Difficulty adapting to school setting
- Acting out in classroom/home
- Anxiety about school performance
- Difficulty in assuming responsibility for tasks
- Difficulty developing friendships
- Excessive complaints about teacher, curriculum, and/or peers
- Possible ADD and ADHD symptoms
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