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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is my 18-month-old too young to be evaluated?

A: No. In fact, if you are worried that your 18-month-old is not communicating at an age-appropriate level, it is better to proceed with an evaluation to establish a baseline of his or her skills. An assessment will provide guidelines which will help you to look for certain communication patterns at home.

Q: Why doesn’t my child comprehend what he reads?

A: There are a host of reasons children don't understand what they read. A thorough reading and language assessment will reveal the reasons which can include slow reading rate, inaccurate reading, or language processing difficulties.

Q: How many words should my two-year-old child say?

A: As with crawling and walking, there are milestones for language development. A two-year-old should have a minimum of 50 words and put two words together such as "mama go" and "more please."

Q: Does my child have dyslexia?

A: Dyslexia is very misunderstood and is an umbrella term for a variety of difficulties associated with reading, spelling, comprehension and mathematical abilities. A battery of standardized assessments must be administered to determine the nature of the struggles and to develop an individualized treatment approach.

Q: How many hours of instruction will my child require?

A: The number of hours of instruction will depend on your child's current levels of performance in the areas that have been assessed. There are a number of factors that influence a child's ability to achieve, such as motivation and frequency and duration of intervention. However, a general rule of thumb is that more frequent sessions produce faster results. A child's motivation, attentiveness, and family support are very important factors in achieving lasting success.

Q: Why does my child need to be tested?

A: Standardized assessments allow us to examine a child's strengths and weaknesses in order to choose the appropriate intervention. Baseline assessments also allow us to track progress systematically and to ensure the interventions are having maximum impact.