Evaluations and Resources
The ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center serves Little Rock, Arkansas and and surrounding states. Download our brochure here.
The AERC provides students an educational edge through comprehensive evaluations and a progressive educational resource lab. Our state-of-the-art lab provides students with solutions to bridge academic gaps in reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. This hands-on lab provides opportunities to experiment with a variety of software and equipment recommended by the evaluation team.
The center offers parents and educators an on-staff clinical psychologist for expert developmental, psychological and psycho-educational evaluations. (cognitive testing). Evaluations can include rule-outs and diagnoses for autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other mental health issues. Thorough educational testing highlights learning styles, weaknesses and/or disabilities.
Additionally, the Evaluation and Resource Center’s licensed speech, physical and occupational therapists administer comprehensive assessments that provide a complete picture of development. This allows the team a wealth of information to develop an education and/or therapy plan. This plan often involves meeting with teachers, one-on-one outpatient pediatric therapy (speech, occupational or physical) or academic therapy (tutoring services), training with professionals, and recommendations for equipment, educational technology, Cogmed Working Memory Training™ or classroom modifications.
The children seen in the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center are referred for many different reasons. These may include but are not restricted to suspected dyslexia, reading disorders, spelling problems, inability to decode (sound out words), handwriting problems, language problems, visual motor/processing problems and clumsiness.
Many students seen in the center also come with not only educational difficulties but with other concerns. These may include but are not limited to ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, test anxiety, slow processing and other complaints that fall outside of the typical emotional health domain.
Evaluation and Early Intervention
Many times, parents, educators and even medical professionals find it hard to cope with what might be a learning disability or developmental delay. Too often, a “wait and see” approach is taken.
When it comes to delayed development, however, every month without treatment between birth to age 3 is quality-of-life-threatening. These are the formative years, when language-based skills and motor skills are developing at a rapid pace; if you suspect a child in your care may have a developmental delay, err on the side of caution and seek professional help.
Questions? Contact Admissions Coordinator Beth Rice for more information.