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Q: What types of evaluations can be done at ETS?

A: There is a wide variety of evaluation components. We can do any of these components, or all of them for a comprehensive battery. Evaluations may include....
* Classroom observations--ever wonder how your child behaves in class? Is he focused? Does he participate?
* IQ testing--what is your child's ability level?
* Cognitive testing--How does your child learn and think? How are his short-term and long-term memory? How does he process visual information and auditory information?
* Reading skills--Does your child struggle with decoding words? Can he decode but not comprehend what he reads? How is his fluency?
* Math skills--what are his strengths and weaknesses? Is he on grade-level?
* Writing skills--How are his spelling skills? How are his written expression skills?
* Rating scales (teacher, parent, and/or self-reports)--Does your child struggle with emotional issues? Does he have ADHD? How are his social and adaptive skills?

If you have questions, call Dr. Bell for a consultation (843) 810-9202



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Q: How can my child be a voracious reader but have such difficulty with spelling?

A: Recent studies using functional MRI analysis have allowed us to map the areas of the brain that we use in reading and writing. They have shown that about 20 percent of people are chronically poor spellers due to a neurological glitch. Typically, there are three zones of the brain used - one in the front (the left inferior frontal gyrus) and two towards the back (the left parieto-temporal system and the occipito-temporal). For the 20 percent who struggle with spelling, it looks as if the areas in the back of the brain are less engaged during the process. For them, the left parieto-temporal and occipito-temporal stay relatively quiet, with most of the reading activity remaining in the frontal area. They may build up compensatory pathways, but they are not reading the normal way. So, if his is not engaging his occipito-temporal area in particular, he is going to struggle with spelling because he is not able to visualize words. And with so many irregularly spelled words in English, he is going to be wrong a lot of the time. So, in other words, he may be a very capable reader, but he may be doing so in an atypical way and not utilizing the parts of his brain for reading that would also help him in spelling.

If your student needs help in spelling, instruction works best when it is focuses on sounds and letters in a systematic, explicit, and structured manner which is exactly how our Wilson program works. Call Dr. Bell for a consultation at (843) 810-9202.

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Q: My child reverses his b's and d's. Should I be concerned that he may have dyslexia?

A: Writing letter reversals is fairly common and is developmentally normal through kindergarten and even grade 1. We become more concerned if it continues beyond about age 7. Having said that, it does not necessarily signify that your child has dyslexia. Many people continue to have letter reversals but are not dyslexic. Dyslexia (a reading learning disability) is a complex group of difficulties and there is no standard profile. That is, children diagnosed with dyslexia can have different struggles. Letter reversals may or may not be part of them. Most developmental letter reversals go away with little intervention. Our favorite intervention for b/d reversals at ETS is using the "bed trick." Call Dr. Bell if you have concerns about your child's learning at (843) 810-9202.
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Q: How is your Wilson Reading program different than other reading programs?

A: We have had a lot of success with students and the Wilson program over the last 12 years--both children with dyslexia and children who just need a little boost and more decoding strategies. It is different from other reading programs because it teaches sounds through a multisensory approach for both reading and spelling. It utilizes "controlled text" so that everything the student is presented with is decodable with the sounds he has been taught, even the names in stories! Lastly, there are no picture clues so the student is dependent on using their decoding skills--no guessing!

To hear more about the Wilson reading program from an ETS parent, check out the video at http://www.educationandtestingsolutions.com/testimonials

ETS is offering two SAT Prep classes for the March 11th SAT!

One class begins January 30th and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Ten sessions. Maximum of FOUR people in the class.

Second class begins February 7th and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Ten sessions. Maximum of FOUR people in the class.

Don't miss out! Invite your friends. Call Dr. Bell (843) 810-9202 for more information.

Many students are bringing home their PSAT scores from the Fall. Need help interpreting them or developing a plan for success for your child on the SAT? Call us for a consultation. (843) 810-9202

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