Evaluation Services

Early Kindergarten Entry

The 1997 General Assembly passed legislation allowing a child who has reached his/her fourth birthday by April 16 to enter kindergarten if he or she demonstrates an extraordinary level of academic ability and maturity. The early entry evaluation consists of a cognitive assessment as well as an evaluation of reading and math achievement. This information determines if you child meets the set criteria to be considered for kindergarten entry.

Academically Gifted

including Twice Exceptional

This evaluation involves a comprehensive interview with the student, a cognitive assessment, and achievement testing in reading comprehension or mathematical reasoning. Taken together, this information can help determine if your child meets eligibility requirements for services from Academically Gifted Programs.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

This evaluation involves cognitive assessments and achievement evaluations in the areas of reading, mathematics and written language. Comprehensive evaluations of attention, memory function, organization, executive function, and visual and auditory processes also are conducted. In addition, we will request medical records and may consult with your child’s physicians. The purpose of the TBI evaluation is to gain a complete profile of strengths and weaknesses to facilitate educational planning.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder can be as complex as the disorder itself. Diagnostic criteria include atypicalities in social skills, language development and communication, and preoccupations/restricted interests. An evaluation will carefully examine these areas through clinical observations, interviews, and use of informal and standardized tests in multiple areas (e.g., cognitive, achievement, executive function, adaptive skills, and behaviors related to sensory responses, attention, and flexibility).

Learning Disabilities

We will begin by assessing your child’s intellectual functioning (IQ). We also will complete comprehensive assessments in reading, writing, and/or math. In addition, we will carefully examine your child’s profile of cognitive processes to determine areas of relative strength and weakness.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes hyperactivity/impulsivity, inattentiveness, or a combination of these behaviors. In order to determine whether your child meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, we will thoroughly examine your child’s cognitive, behavioral, and academic profile through the use of rating scales, formal and informal assessment, and interview data. If needed, we can provide consultation and/or follow-up with your child’s physician.

Low Incidence

Significant Cognitive, Physical, and/or Sensory Impairments

At GRAY, we understand that every child presents with his or her own set of unique strengths and challenges, and that some children experience particularly significant needs which make traditional forms of assessment inappropriate. For example, children may have significant intellectual and adaptive deficits which may include limited verbal and motor skills. They also may experience complex medical issues which impact their activities of daily living. Our associates are well-experienced in working with low incidence populations, and are prepared to think outside the box to provide a comprehensive, appropriate, and caring evaluation for your child. We may use portions of standardized tests in conjunction with observations and informal assessments, always striving to create an environment in which we can best capture your child’s skills.