You’ve decided to have your child evaluated. The next question is: How? You can request that the
school do the testing, or you can
hire a private evaluator. Each option has benefits and drawbacks. Which one is best depends on your and your child’s needs and preferences. Here are the pros and cons of each.
Pros: You choose the evaluator. One person does all the testing, so your child doesn’t have to adjust to different people. The evaluator isn’t with the school, so they may be more objective. The evaluator can make recommendations without factoring in the school’s concerns.
Cons: The evaluator may not be able to observe your child in school or review records.
Pros: At least two professionals work together to look at your child from different angles. They can easily observe your child and review records.
Cons: The evaluators are part of the school’s team. You can’t choose them. Their recommendations may be shaped by school concerns, like resources.
Pros: You don’t need the school to agree to testing. You also don’t need to share the results.
Cons: There’s no set time frame. You might wait months to get your child tested and get results. You also have to coordinate any additional testing by other specialists.
Pros: There’s a time frame schools have to stick to. So testing and results may be quicker. The school coordinates testing and communication with families.