In your search for an appropriate and reliable program for yourself or your child, it is important that you carefully evaluate specific diagnostic and program components. This list of questions is an excellent tool for evaluating a program. Are the diagnostic evaluation/testing instruments designed to tell you specifically what the problems are?

Can the diagnostician explain exactly what is wrong so that you can understand what must be done to overcome the problem(s)?

What program(s) have been designed to remedy the problem(s)? Are they published? If not published what is the rationale for using it (them) and the success of the program(s)?

On what premise are these programs based?

Are there articles, studies, or books that provide information on the problems, programs, and previous results of the recommended program(s)?

Are there pre- and post-testing data, comments of previous clients, and case study information that demonstrate results of the recommended program(s)?

Are there names and phone numbers of previous clients that can be called?

What is the level of remediation that is expected for you or your child?

Will the program(s) be individually tailored to meet your child’s unique needs?

Is the program educationally responsible so that a steady rate of progress will be maintained?

What is the estimated length of time and number of sessions needed to complete treatment?

Will you be apprised of the results on a frequent basis throughout the treatment?

Can you have periodic observation or view video tapes of treatment sessions?

What is the success rate for your child’s level of difficulty?


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