Developmental, Learning, & Dyslexia Assessment

Young Boy LearningWhen a child, teen, or college student is struggling, families need strong and reliable advice provided in a caring and compassionate manner.  Dr. Davenport has over 20 years of experience providing this type of assistance.

Dr. Davenport provides a comprehensive, goal-oriented, and research-based assessment tailored to meet the individual and unique needs of your child, teen, or college student.

Throughout the evaluation process, Dr. Davenport has two primary goals:

  • He methodically gathers reliable information about your child or student’s developmental, intellectual, executive functioning, and academic strengths and needs utilizing information from parents, educators, and objective research-proven assessment tools.

  • He provides practical recommendations designed to help you, educators, and other professionals put research-based tools, strategies, services, and accommodations in place that support your child/teen’s needs while building on his or her strengths

Dr. Davenport’s assessment is completed in three appointments. Here’s what you can expect:

Your First Appointment

Before the first appointment, you are asked to complete Dr. Davenport’s parent questionnaire.  Questions asked on this form are highly correlated to specific learning disorders and executive functioning difficulties. This questionnaire helps Dr. Davenport start to tailor your child’s assessment to meet his or her unique needs.

During the first appointment, one of Dr. Davenport’s main goals is to help you and your child feel comfortable.  He strives to help you leave the first appointment feeling more hopeful and less stressed than when you arrived.  He wants you to know that you are in control of the plan to help address your loved one’s needs.

During this two-hour session, Dr. Davenport will gather information using a structured clinical interview with you and your child, teen, or young adult.  This highly structured interview is designed to consider the nature, history, duration, and impact of your child’s strengths and needs at home, at school, and in social settings.

  • Review of your child’s family and medical history.

  • Review of developmental, academic, and emotional concerns.

  • Consideration of all possible diagnoses including learning, attention, adjustment, anxiety, behavior, conduct, and mood disorders.

  • Consideration of possible co-existing disorders.

During this session, Dr. Davenport wants you to have time to tell your child, teen, or college student’s story.  He wants to hear about your loved one’s strengths, hopes, dreams, struggles, and fears.

At the end of the first appointment, recommendations for additional assessment of specific learning, developmental, thinking, and problem solving abilities are discussed.

If it is apparent that an assessment of receptive and expressive spoken language is necessary, Dr. Davenport can refer you to one of the Speech-Language Pathologists in our same office suite.

Parents are also provided the following standardized questionnaires used to measure your child, teen, or college student’s adaptive functioning, academic performance, self-esteem, as well as, social, emotional, and behavioral abilities.

  • Parent Report Form of the Child Behavior Checklist  (for ages 6-18)

  • Parent Report Form of the Achenbach Adult Behavior Checklist (for college students)

  • Teacher Report Forms of the Child Behavior Checklist  (for ages 6-18)

  • Youth Self Report of the Child Behavior Checklist (for ages 11-18)

  • Self Report of the Achenbach Adult Behavior Checklist (for college students)

When scored, these questionnaires compare your child, teen, or college student to others his or her same age and gender.

Your Second Appointment

During this three-hour appointment, a comprehensive and individualized evaluation is completed to assess your child, teen, or college student’s specific and unique strengths and needs utilizing the latest assessment tools including the Woodcock-Johnson, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV), Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing, Second Edition (CTOPP-2), Gray Oral Reading Test, Fifth Edition (GORT-5), and Test of Written Language, Fourth Edition (TOWL-4).

  • Intellectual abilities are measured, including thinking and problem solving abilities needed for successful learning and life skills.

  • Academic strengths and needs are measured.

    • Phonological Processing, Decoding, Reading and Spelling (to identify or rule-out dyslexia if necessary).

    • Reading Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension.

    • Writing Mechanics, Writing Fluency, and Written Expression.

    • Arithmetic Knowledge and Math Reasoning Skills.

    • Performance Speed (speed/fluency for completing academic tasks).

  • If identified as a concern during the first appointment, additional aspects of your child, teen, or college student’s abilities are measured.

    • Memory strengths and needs (short-term, long-term, and working memory).

    • Processing speed (speed/fluency for processing verbal and non-verbal information).

    • Developmental aspects of handwriting and fine-motor skills (visual-motor integration, visual perception, and fine motor coordination).

Based on over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Davenport believes any amount of testing over four hours is unnecessarily long for children and teens, and can lead to invalid results due to distractibility or fatigue.

Your Third Appointment

During this one-hour session, test results and recommendations are discussed with you and your child/teen.

  • Specific strengths and needs identified from tests, parent observations, and educator observations are integrated and discussed.

  • Specific diagnoses are discussed and explained in understandable terms.

  • Recommendations are discussed to address your child/teen’s needs in the classroom, socially, and at home while considering his or her strengths.

After Your Third Appointment

A comprehensive written report is prepared and mailed (or e-mailed) to you within 3 weeks of your third appointment.

This report describes your child/teen’s strengths and needs, diagnoses, and recommendations for research-based supports and accommodations that can be realistically implemented within his or her private or public school curriculum.

This report is appropriate to share with your child/teen’s educators and other helping professionals.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact us to make an appointment.

All assessment services are implemented, completed, and reported within a timely manner.


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