Turning Points Educational Solutions provides services for students with all types of learning needs and of all ages, preschoolers through graduate school.
- School Neuropsychological Assessments
- Psycho-educational Assessments
- Autism Assessments
- IQ/gifted testing
- Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE’s)
- Educational Therapy
- Executive Functioning Coaching
- Career Counseling
The following assessments are provided; psycho-educational, school neuropsychological, autism, and IQ/gifted testing. Observations might also be completed as a part of the assessment process and a diagnosis can be provided. Areas for which we assess and diagnose include: ADHD; Autism; Social Communication Disorder; forms of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders; Language Disorder; Developmental Coordination Disorder; Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in: reading/dyslexia, mathematics/dyscalculia, and written expression/dysgraphia; etc.
Our Educational Therapy services focus on reading decoding/fluency, comprehension, spelling, math, written expression, executive functioning, social cognition, and test anxiety. We use programs such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Barton, Visualizing and Verbalizing (V&V), Structured Word Inquiry, Making Math Real, and social thinking curriculum as well as a variety of other interventions to address the underlying aspects of learning differences. We teach students to study and learn in the ways that work best for them while remediating areas of difficulty.
Educational consultation addresses questions about learning needs, school placement, specific services, interventions, and navigating school systems/procedures. Consultation can help determine if assessment is necessary or when it might be most beneficial. Consultative services can include a review of previous assessments and school records (including 504 plans and IEPs) to determine which school and private interventions would be most effective. Through consultation, we can also address questions about such educational options as specialized schools, private schools, non-public schools, and public school services.
We can attend school meetings to present assessment information. If ongoing advocacy is needed, we can provide appropriate referrals.
Counseling and Career Counseling
At Turning Points, we provide counseling services for individuals from elementary school through adulthood. Our therapeutic services help promote effective and lasting change for difficulties related to anxiety, depression, social cognition, executive functioning, ADHD, learning differences, study skills, cultural adaptation, and career counseling. We use an eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and social thinking curriculum/strategies to promote a better understanding of strengths and challenges, develop essential coping skills, and reaffirm a love of life, sense of self, and relationship to the community as a whole.
Why seek a private assessment?
Public school assessments identify significant learning disabilities and determine eligibility for Special Education services. Services are then provided based on what a student needs in order to make “appropriate” academic progress, not as much progress as their capabilities allow. Those evaluations typically do not include recommendations for private interventions because then the school district will be obligated to pay for those interventions.
A private assessment will provide a comprehensive picture of both strengths and challenges in all areas of learning. Even mild learning differences are identified and a diagnosis can be provided, if applicable and needed. The private evaluations provided at Turning Points Educational Solutions also include individualized recommendations for school services/accommodations as well as private and home-based interventions, and who provides those services in your area. Assessment information is used to identify the most beneficial and cost-effective researched-based interventions so that students are able to make optimal growth and progress in their learning.