Author: Chris Westpfahl

Understanding the Importance of an Educational Evaluation for Your Struggling Child

As a parent, watching your child struggle in school can be disheartening. You might find yourself wondering how to help them succeed. One effective step is to consider an educational evaluation. This comprehensive assessment goes beyond mere academic performance, providing insights into a child’s learning abilities, strengths, and challenges. Educational evaluations typically include a series of standardized tests that assess various cognitive and academic skills. These tests evaluate areas like...

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Understanding Extra Time on the SAT: A Closer Look at Test Accommodations

If you’re a parent or a student preparing for the SAT, you might have heard about some students receiving extra time to complete the test. This accommodation is part of a broader effort to ensure fairness and equity in standardized testing. But why do some students get this extra time, and how does it help? Here are some reasons behind this accommodation and its significance. Leveling the Playing Field: The SAT is a standardized test designed to assess a student’s readiness for college....

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Decoding the Pages: The Role of Educational Evaluations for Children with Reading Difficulties

Reading is a passport to countless adventures, new discoveries, and pathways to education. But for some children, the act of reading can feel like an insurmountable wall rather than an open door. If your child struggles with reading, an evaluation can be a critical step in understanding their challenges and finding ways to overcome them. What is an Educational Evaluation? Imagine you’re trying to solve a mystery, but the clues are hidden in a language you can barely understand. That’s...

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Deciphering the Signs: Alzheimer’s Disease or Age-Related Cognitive Decline?

As we age, it’s common to experience some level of forgetfulness. However, distinguishing between normal age-related cognitive decline and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be perplexing. Let’s talk about the differences to help understand when it might be time to seek testing for Alzheimer’s. Understanding Age-Related Cognitive Decline: It’s important to recognize that some memory loss is a normal part of aging. This can include: Occasional forgetfulness, like misplacing...

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Am I Depressed?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch; it’s a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Recognizing the signs of depression is crucial for seeking timely help and support. In this blog, we’ll explore key indicators of depression, debunk common myths, and discuss when to seek professional help. Understanding Depression Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think,...

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Spotting the Subtleties: The Pink Flags of Adult Autism

When you hear about autism, your mind might jump to the big, bold signs that we often see in movies or read about in books. But, what about those that fly under the radar with muted traits? What about adults who have developed compensatory strategies as a result of living with difficulties for many years? These are the pink flags – the kind of signs that don’t shout “I’m here!” but might whisper “Something’s up.” This blog is about spotting those...

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