Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION 1: MY CHILD IS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH LEARNING. WE HAVE TRIED TUTORS AND EXTRA HELP. WE HAVE SEEN LITTLE PROGRESS AND SHE IS GETTING MORE AND MORE FRUSTRATED. WHAT CAN I DO?
ANSWER: One of the first steps a parent can take is a referral to a "child study team". This is where the child's strengths and weaknesses can be discussed with a team of school professionals and decide if other interventions can be implemented. Dr. Geller can help with the facillitation of this process. Sometimes an evaluation may be necessary to determine if specialized services are needed.
QUESTION 2: THE SCHOOL WANTS TO TRY OTHER STRATEGIES BUT I THINK MY DAUGHTER MAY NEED AN ASSESSMENT NOW. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS AND WHAT CAN I DO?
ANSWER: You always have the option of an independent psycho-educational evaluation. A psycho-educational evaluation is a series of tests that will determine your child's potential, optimal learning strategies and determine levels of academic skills. The profile obtained, in conjunction with school records, will provide a comprehensive picture of your child's skills and areas that may need strengthening. AED specializes in providing these services.
QUESTION 3: WHAT DO I DO WITH THESE RESULTS?
ANSWER: At AED, Dr. Geller will explain the results in detail so that you have the best understanding of your child's skills. The information will be included in a comprehensive report but it may be helpful to have Dr. Geller attend the next child study meeting for the purpose of facilitating the best educational conceptualization of your child.
QUESTION 4: My child has been described as having social challenges and it seems to be impacting functioning with friends and school. Is there an evaluation that can help guide me?
ANSWER: There has been a growing number of people who have difficulty with peers, socialization, communication, and typical navigation in the social world and dealing with the demands faced in school. Some people may fall on the autism spectrum which would include terms such as Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). While the new Statistical Manual (DSM-5) does not include these terms, the characteristics and challenges are still present. The current gold standard instrument used to determine the presence of such disorders is the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2). Dr. Geller has vast experience using the ADOS and is an independent trainer of the ADOS-2. In addition to assessing people's abilities by using the ADOS-2 he frequently conducts clinical training for other professionals to become proficient in the use of the ADOS-2.