Letter to Visitor
Thank you! You've given a great gift to our family. —Heather
I work with families to identify educational needs of their children. Through an extensive series of interviews, tests, and questionnaires, I gather academic profiles of students: what are their areas of strength and what are their weakness. Like a detective, I look for clues in cases where children fail to thrive in their educational environments. My particular expertise is in understanding how people learn and think—cognitive science. I compile my results into an extensive report which gives parents, teachers, and students an individualized road map to achieving academic success.
All the information I gather during these evaluations, I make available to the parents. They are free to share it with their child’s teachers and doctors. As part of the education evaluation, I meet with the whole family several times: at the start to understand the family concerns and to explain what I can do to help; and at the end to summarize and discuss the results. I believe a child should always be present at both of these meetings. it’s important that a student understands the recommendations.
While I am a doctor of education, I am not a medical doctor. If at any point during the evaluation I notice a pattern of behavior that leads me to believe that there might be an underlying medical condition, I refer the family back to their pediatrician. I continue to work with the family to create optimum educational environments and support structures under the supervision of their doctor.
I have created materials designed for each parent and each teacher to fill out individually. Finally, I have a series of tests which I administer to the child in person.
I live in San Francisco and work with families from around the Bay Area. The subject matter tests I use are based on the California Content Inventory for each grade level and subject matter, thus their applicability are limited to California students only. I also meet personally with the students as well as their families several times during the course of the evaluation.
An educational evaluation generally runs about $2,000. It’s not covered by insurance. It takes about a month to complete, depending on scheduling.
Thank you very much for your interest. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.