Using the World Wide Web, I can now administer reading diagnostic tests and evaluations to children EVERYWHERE.
IF your child is struggling with reading and you don't know where to begin reading instruction, these tests and evaluations will help. I will help you determine what phonics curriculum would be best for your child.
IF your child is frustrated with school because she is a poor reader, then a diagnostic test may prompt the administration to "Do something!"
I use several different approaches to determine the best diagnosis possible. I am not qualified to determine if a child has a learning disability such as Autism, dyslexia or Aspergers.
Only a doctor or a psychiatrist can determine a learning disability. However, I can give screening tests, skills tests, comprehension tests and other educational tests to determine what
remediation would be best for each student.
Slingerland Screening Tests: The purpose of this screening is to identify an individual’s performance that might indicate a weakness in a modality; visual, auditory or kinesthetic.
Gray Oral Reading Tests (GORT): This is a standardized test that determines grade level and percentile of the student’s comprehension, rate and accuracy in reading.
Gates-McKillop-Horowitz Reading Diagnostic Tests: Fifteen diagnostic tests determine the student’s skills in reading, spelling and writing. Included in these fifteen tests are two auditory screening tests.
The oral reading test seeks to determine if the child uses both context and meaning clues, and word-form clues for word recognition. Two of the tests are designed to evaluate the child’s ability to read isolated words without the aid of context clues. One of these tests is designed to test the child’s ability to recognize a word instantly or by sight.
Another test indicates whether the child uses word attack skills to produce an acceptable word from a non-sense word. The spelling test will determine the grade level of the student.
The writing sample assesses the child’s written verbal expression and handwriting skills.
Sound/Symbol Relationship Test: This is a skills test to determine what phonetic sounds and corresponding symbols the child recognizes. For instance, does a child who sees ai in isolation know that it has a long a sound.
Skills Tests: These are given after each workbook has been completed. The purpose of a posttest is to determine if the skills taught have been mastered.
These tests (and subsequent lessons) will be administered by using Skype, e-mail and sometimes a fax. By using this technology, your home computer becomes a virtual classroom.
It is not necessary for a parent or teacher to sit with the student during the session IF the student can manage on their own. After I have administered the tests, I will evaluate what would be the best course of remediation for the student. I will write up a complete report and e-mail that to the guardian. The evaluation and written report will be e-mailed within 48 hours.
Once the guardian determines if they want their child to proceed with tutoring, then I will set up a time convenient for the student. The tutoring time can be anytime. It is not necessary for parents to sit with the student during the session. HOWEVER, many parents and teachers will sit in on the class the last 5 minutes in order to find out what the weekly assignment will be.
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