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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

International Evaluations at NESCA

In recent weeks, NESCA has been privileged to see clients from China, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Dubai and the Philippines. In some of those nations, neuropsychological evaluation and related services are unavailable, undeveloped or inaccessible.

Many of them were referred by educational consultants assisting families in finding appropriate American private or secondary school placements for their children, according to their individual learning styles.

Recognizing that these families, so far from home, cannot invest the several weeks it might ordinarily take to complete an evaluation, we have developed a special, international testing protocol that greatly condenses the process without compromise, sometimes into a single day or two.

It's fairly intensive on our end, requiring a team of clinicians, one testing and the other recording behavioral observations and impressions contemporaneously, as a psychometrician scores tests already completed. Analyzed and summarized overnight, the results are presented verbally at a feedback session the next morning, with a full report following in 3-4 weeks. In several cases, we have actually arranged the services of an interpreter.

We welcome and truly value our international clientele, for the cultural perspectives they bring, the consciousness-raising they do and for generally keeping us on our toes!