Frequently Asked Questions
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What are your rates?
- Initial 15 minute phone consultation with intake/clinic director: no charge
- Diagnostic evaluations: $5500, paid in two installments
- Hourly Educational Therapy and Executive Functioning Coaching: $180-205
- Initial one-time one-hour intake with two clinicians: $310
Is educational therapy the same as tutoring?
For some students, Executive Function coaching will be the key to success, and for others it may be remediation of their dyslexia or other specific language disability.
In tutoring, the curriculum is the subject matter; in educational therapy, the curriculum is the client.
My son is already in college. Is it too late to help?
I know my child is smart. How can he have a learning disability?
We understand these inconsistencies in learning, and we help our clients manifest their intelligence.
How serious is this? Maybe she will outgrow it? Should we wait?
While a learning disability is generally not outgrown, many students with learning disabilities do evolve effective “workarounds” that allow them to excel academically and professionally. In general, the earlier that processing difficulties are identified, the more directly they can be addressed at their root before taking a toll on self-confidence, social stigma, or secondary psychological struggles.
The research is unequivocal – early intervention for learning disabilities maximizes academic and social success.
We’ve already had tutoring and we don’t see much progress. How will your clinic make a difference?
My daughter hates tests, and we fight all the time to get her to study. I wish I could just be her dad.
We will help your child develop effective, healthy, and independent study habits through their work with us. Above all, we tailor the Educational Therapy to your child’s learning style and learning needs – no two treatment plans are exactly alike.
Being a mom is already a full-time job - how am I supposed to learn about my son's dyslexia on top of everything else?
We will work with you to answer any questions you have and help you guide your child and their educators. If you are ready to learn even more, we’ll make sure you get resources that are specific to what you need to know. There’s lots of information out there, and while you will inevitably learn deeply in your child’s area of need, you DON’T need to learn broadly about every kind of learning disability.
Most of all, we’ll help you learn about the interventions and accommodations that are right for your child so you can feel informed when it comes to advocating for your child. Your skilled advocacy is extremely important in obtaining all the support your child needs. We can help you help.
We haven’t done testing yet, but I suspect a problem. Is it too early to help my young child?
Consistent findings across the literature point to the efficacy of early intervention.
The teachers say there’s a problem, but they don’t seem to understand how bright my child is.
Can you help if there’s no disability? I think my child is just not motivated or bored.
For this reason, we strongly encourage any parent with a “lazy”, “bored”, or distracted child to seek a thorough evaluation. Failure to identify a true need can burden a child with years of needless frustration and hinder their access to opportunities.
That being said, many of the strategies we utilize in coaching are based on “best practices” and help learners regardless of their diagnosis. Our clinicians often utilize a technique called Diagnostic Teaching, in which they adjust their instruction based on how the client responds to specific strategies.
Isn’t standardized test success just about how much you study?
What’s a learning disability vs. a learning difference?
Students may resonate more with one term than with another and their evolving self-identity is an important part of addressing learning issues – in this we follow their lead as individuals.
When should I push the school to do more, and when is it really just up to me or my child?
There are so many approaches to addressing dyslexia - how do I know which one to choose for my child?
That’s where professional evaluations come in. Once we have that detailed understanding, we at the North Shore Learning Clinic can give you the research-based rationale for using the specific approaches that are truly based on your child.
We homeschool, so we ARE the IEP! What can we do?
Homeschooled children with learning disabilities often have the advantage of having experienced less frustration in a classroom setting with typical learners. To maximize this benefit, they should receive instruction that is tailored to their needs. We will help you distinguish which approach is best, and where possible, we’ll help you – the parent/ teacher – develop your own skills to better instruct your child.
What does the evaluation process look like?
*Parent-Only Intake Meeting with both diagnosticians. Generally an hour in length.
*Two days of testing, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, with 1-hour lunch break. One day with each diagnostician.
*Parent-Only Results and Recommendations Meeting with both diagnosticians. Generally an hour and half long.
Two other meetings that are optional:
*Half-hour results meeting specifically for child with both diagnosticians present.
*One school related meeting (e.g., IEP/504) with both diagnosticians in attendance.
The full report is supplied 6 to 8 weeks after the results meeting.
Is the evaluation (“testing”) covered by my medical insurance?
Is Executive Functioning Coaching and Education Therapy covered by insurance?
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