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In the early years of elementary schools across Ontario, many children in the critically formative school years are identified by teachers as benefitting from accommodations or modifications to the curriculum for their learning style. The first step is a psychoeducational assessment to test and understand the way the child learns, in order to set an Individualized Education Plan, or an IEP.
Each assessment costs up to $3,000, and if you can not afford private-pay the government waiting list is 24-48+ months. This can leave at risk children from lower income families years behind socially, educationally and emotionally.
The first step in understanding the learning style of a struggling child is a psychoeducational assessment. This in-office testing is performed by a psychologist, who applies a number of different methodologies to glean the likely learning styles or challenges the child is experiencing.
There are four principally accepted means of comprehension, referred to as VARK Modalities (Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory). Understanding the way the child accepts the information they are presented is only one of many identifiers.
The IEP unlocks the resources the school board has available, but can only align accommodations or modifications with a proper understanding of the child's educational style, identified in the assessment.
The earliest adoption of an IEP to align curriculum with the child’s learning style the greater it improves the likelihood of success in keeping up with their peers, starting in the next grade - not several grades later.