Testing your child

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I think a parent should have their child tested whenever they have questions about their ability and/or school performance. Testing provides, sort of a snapshot, of a child's skill set and abilities at a given time, and allows a parent and a school to develop more appropriate expectations of the students; whether it's performance in school or ability to learn. To develop a plan that allows for opportunities for enrichment in areas of strength, but also areas of remediation and also areas where they are struggling. Testing is something that, whenever there is a question; parents pay attention to it. I think that's kind of -- If you wait until the problem surfaces or worsens, there can be time that's lost. The impact for children, when they are gifted and are not given the resources to keep them engaged and enjoying class, versus they are struggling and just not that bright or these are things that they are just not good at. It, sort of, diminishes the fun they have in learning. I think that is one of the most important things that parents can provide for their children, an environment that is supportive and positive; but also geared toward developing skills.

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Jennifer Cassatly, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cassatly has extensive training and experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, academic challenges, and low self-esteem that are often associated with youth diagnosed with learning differences, ADHD, and behavioral problems. She consults with school personnel and parents about special education, and collaborates with experts in associated fields including psychiatry, educational therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and alternative/holistic therapies. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct professor and supervises doctoral interns in both her practice and in community agencies. Dr. Cassatly is committed to community service and has been actively involved with A Home Within, Venice Family Clinic, and The Housing and Education Program at the YMCA, Santa Monica.

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