What should I tell my child about the evaluation and what should he or she expect on the day of testing?

In general, you should provide a brief and age appropriate reason for the assessment. Dr. Bronk often explains to children that she want to see how they learn so she can make school easier for them or to have them struggle less with homework, for example. It is important to remind them that they are not expected to ‘pass’ any tests but, rather, will be asked to do their best so that Dr. Bronk can have a better understanding of how they learn. Your child can expect to spend 1 to 3 hours over several sessions working with Dr. Bronk on a number of activities that may include drawing, puzzle-like tasks, answering questions, completing school related activities (e.g., reading, math problems), and filling out questionnaires (for older children). Most children find the majority of the tasks interesting and challenging, although a few may be boring or difficult. You may reassure your child that he/she will be given breaks when they want to make them feel comfortable.

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