At the start of the Intake, the clinician meets with the student for 45 minutes to an hour. Whether your student is struggling overall or needs a boost in a certain class or subject, our objective is to discern how your student solves problems and approaches learning new concepts or skills. Observing how a student approaches a given task, such as solving a mystery or telling a story, gives us an opportunity to gather useful information.
We may use assessment tests and materials during this step, but we use them in an informal setting while engaging the student in conversation to learn more about their personality, interests, and academic environment. To learn more about our other assessment services, click here.
Step Two: Meeting with Parent
Following meeting with the student, the clinician will meet with parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Depending on the student’s maturity and level of engagement, he or she may be invited to join in this second part of the Intake or enjoy a book or board game in the waiting area.
If your student has had an educational assessment prior to coming to Strategies for Learning, we will review it and can answer any questions you may have about the findings. We will prioritize needs, identify goals, and discuss and recommend specific interventions. We will also determine the frequency of educational therapy or tutoring sessions and begin the scheduling process.
After the Intake, your student will be carefully matched with a clinician from our dedicated team of specialists and educational therapists. When structuring academic support, we consider your student’s learning profile and temperament as well as the experience and the specialized training of our staff.
Because academic support is a team effort, we communicate and coordinate with parents/guardians, teachers, advisors, and related professionals. The level of support a student will need varies on a case-by-case basis. A student may need classroom accommodations to support their learning needs, and parents and teachers may need help in understanding the necessity of these accommodations and how to implement them. We provide the accommodations and follow-through with expertise and support. Visit the Case Management page for more information.
Receive a Professional Referral
If you have questions regarding formal assessment, we can provide insights into making the decision and offer referrals for neuropsychologists, pyschotherapists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists. We also offer psychoeducational assessment at our clinic. Visit the Screening and Assessment page for more information.
To schedule an Intake, contact Christine Zhang, Clinic Coordinator, at 510-900-3121 or email.