ASDB provides individualized cognitive and academic assessments customized to meet the specific needs of students under the age of 21. Evaluators may conduct these assessments individually or in a multidisciplinary model in collaboration with the site school staff or the student’s public education agency. ASDB psychologists specialize in the assessment of students who are:
- Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
- Blind/ Visually Impaired
Additional disabilities that are often assessed include learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, mental retardation, and autism.
Assessment services are offered either in the student’s home community or on the ASDB-Tucson Campus. In addition, consultation can be provided to local schools’ assessment staff to support their evaluation with students. Results are shared with the student’s family and school district staff, both through a meeting and a written report at the conclusion of the evaluation.
Comprehensive Communication Evaluation
Communication evaluations are available for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deafblind. These evaluations focus on serving individuals with multiple disabilities. Assessment services are typically offered in the student’s home community. The specialist may conduct these assessments individually or in a multidisciplinary model in collaboration with the site school staff, COOP staff, parents and the assessment team’s school psychologist. An ASB HS student is working in a classroom writing a project using a Perkins Braille writer. He is working at a table and there is a window behind him.
Comprehensive communication assessments include:
- Receptive communication skills
- Expressive communication skills
- Pragmatic communication skills
- Augmentative and alternative communication systems, as appropriate
- Recommendations for interventions, materials, strategies, and techniques
- Staff training and follow up
- Comprehensive written report