Frequently asked questions

When should a parent seek an evaluation?


If your child is struggling in school with learning, your child might be at risk for Learning Disabilities and/or Dyslexia. If your child displays warning signs of Learning Disabilities, a critical first step is to seek an evaluation. Early identification through a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation will help your child receive the appropriate services and intervention necessary to ensure your child’s success in school.




What is included in the comprehensive assessment?


Our comprehensive assessment includes a complete case history review, initial consultation, psychoeducational evaluation, and a detailed report and recommendations plan. Following these steps, a follow-up consultation with Dr. Falcone is included in the program. If requested, we provide outreach to a school, institution, tutor, or teacher.




What will the evaluation reveal?


The comprehensive evaluation will determine whether your child has a Learning Disability or Dyslexia. It will provide an intellectual, academic, and cognitive profile of your child and will pinpoint strengths and weaknesses that influence learning. Most importantly, the evaluation will define the academic/cognitive underpinnings affecting learning and provide strategies to remediate areas of deficit. These are essential elements of the testing to ensure that your child can become successful in school. The evaluation dictates instruction and is the foundation for determining the appropriate educational services a child may receive. It is only through a clear understanding of your child’s difficulties that you will gain a new viewpoint on the best manner to assist your child. Improving your understanding improves the relationship between you and your child and enhances your child’s self-esteem.




Who conducts the assessment?


Dr. Frank Falcone conducts assessments at CES personally.




What kind of report will we receive?


Our reports are designed to provide insight into a student’s individual strengths and challenges, and include a descriptive profile of the student’s academic/cognitive functioning, as well as an individually tailored recommendation plan to address each student’s strengths and weaknesses at home and at school or work.




How can we use the report to help our child in school?


CES uses a dynamic assessment approach that allows us to incorporate a variety of data points into our findings, including test observation, test scores, and information collected from parental reports and school. The recommendation plan included in the report provides specific strategies that students, parents, and educators can implement into their current situation. While we can advise you about specialized services, no independent evaluator can mandate that a school must follow all of their recommendations.




How do you receive accommodations?


SAT requires you to apply for accommodated testing separate from your regular registration. Several guidelines must be met in order to receive accommodations. Some of those guidelines include:

– Have a disability that necessitates accommodated testing
– Documentation of the disability that is within the last 5 years
– Receive and use the requested accommodations, due to the disability, on school-based tests for four school months.

ACT requires that you first register for your desired ACT date, then send in a separate request for accommodations. Like SAT, there are guidelines that must be met in order to be considered for an accommodated test:

– Have a disability that necessitates accommodated testing
– Documentation of the disability that is within the last 3 years
– Currently receive and use the requested accommodationContact Us




How much does this cost?


Fees for services provided at CES vary and are determined by the types of specific services indicated for each student. Please contact us for current information regarding fees and policies.