Educational Assessment & Consultation
As and outside-the-box thinker, you, or your child, have felt frequently misunderstood in school. Being strongly talented in some areas, people don’t understand why seemingly basic things seem difficult. Instead of finding strengths and supporting challenges, they have given messages of “you’re not living up to your potential.”
I don’t really believe that laziness is a thing, and if someone is not performing up to expectations then we need to either revise our expectations and/or support them in their challenges. When we fully understand our strengths and challenges we can use our strengths more effectively and create systems to manage our weaknesses.
Combining my years in special education as a school psychologist in the school system with my experience working with gifted and twice-exceptional thinkers, I help outside the box thinkers identify their processing strengths and weaknesses and come up with tools and strategies to help them more effectively navigate work, school, and life with a better understanding of what works for them, and what does not.
Already have an evaluation but not sure how to interpret it? Curious about learning and processing strengths and weaknesses that might be found in past testing or new self-ratings?
Cognitive Processing rating scales that can be completed by self, parents and/or teachers as desired.
Identification of any pattern of processing strengths and weaknesses on existing testing (relevant if there is a large spread in test scores – if all test scores are average or close to each other, no likely patterns will emerge).
Handouts with visuals to explain processing areas of concern if they come up.
Recommendations for relevant accommodations and modifications for specific areas of weakness.
If relevant, support you with developing questions for follow up with the student’s school/evaluation team so you can better understand the results.
Recommendations for possible testing areas that might give more relevant data.
I cannot give legal advice as districts and states vary widely in their practices.
Comprehensive Educational Assessment
I offer comprehensive educational evaluations to identify learning strengths and weaknesses and make educational recommendations for students.
Information processing and academic achievement.
Interview and questionnaires.
Overview of processing strengths and weaknesses.
1 call to go over the results and answer questions.
1 follow-up coaching call to put strategies into practice.
Who And What Can I Assess?
I can assess information processing and academic achievement as relevant to the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities in the state of Washington as well as identifying giftedness. I can also identify processing strengths and weaknesses and make educational recommendations based on that profile of strengths and weaknesses.
I cannot make medical or mental health diagnoses such as ADHD or ASD, though I can identify information processing patterns and executive functioning weaknesses that help lead to accurate diagnosis and understand how the brain works better. If you have a pre-12 grade child and believe your child would be eligible for special education services, I recommend pursuing a special education assessment through your child’s school district.
“Our 8 years old daughter was recently assessed by Aurora for her academic ability as well as learning challenges. Aurora understands gifted and Twice-Exceptional kids very well. She is able to draw the best out of them during the education assessment to produce accurate results. Aurora is also very flexible in working with parents to meet their needs. Her valuable recommendations and resources help us tremendously in searching for the right help for our daughter. We are very happy to have met Aurora!” ~ John & Trang, Parents
Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, Chapman University
Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology, Chapman University
16 years of identifying Specific Learning Disabilities, mostly in the state of Washington and some in California.
OSPI Certified School Psychologist in the school setting.
Training and experience in identifying processing deficits and patterns of strengths and weakness.
Presented at SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) national and OATAG state conferences.
SENG parent group facilitator.
Masters Capstone Project on Gifted Education.
Member of district Equity Committee and Highly Capable (Gifted) Selection Committee.
Lifetime interest in the unique needs of gifted and twice-exceptional learners.
Personal experience in the limitations of school based assessment that only focuses on mandated state requirements.
Located 30 minutes NW of PDX on the WA side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Contact Me at (360) 606-8806 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Aurora was monumental in finding peace for my now 13 year old son. We battled with the school district since he was in 3rd grade trying to get educational testing and support for our obviously brilliant (TAG tested) but struggling child. We didn’t have any luck until we switched him to a new school for middle school and they did testing that showed a deficit but could not follow up on those results because of the district limitations. We THANKFULLY found Aurora who walked us through every step, including helping me exhaust all possibilities with the school to see if they would finish the testing. Aurora went above and beyond and cared about my son and his future success in a way that no one in this field had previously shown. We were even able to have an amazing couple of days in her beautiful space, for him to do the testing with her and for myself and other children to hang out and relax with a beautiful view. Once the testing was done Aurora continued to stay in touch offering a follow up and of course making sure we understood what all the information meant. She gave us recommendations of how our son learns best and after 5 years of trying to make our son fit in to schools that didn’t understand or couldn’t accommodate his needs, we found a school that fits him. We finally had the knowledge and understanding of what would work for him. He is now THRIVING and went from failing 6th grade (getting D’s and F’s) to having one of the highest grades in his 8th grade class. I cried at his parent/teacher conference this fall. I will forever credit Aurora on helping my son become what he is meant to be. Thanks for everything!” ~ Nisha Supahan, Owner of BaDundle and Tattoo 34