Dr. Alicia Vidal-Zas is an independent contractor of the Miami-Dade Public School Board. She performs Gifted Testing for placement, and assesses Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Asperger/Autism which facilitate school placement and services.
Psychological & Educational Testing for Children:
Does your child:
Finish his or her work quicker than other children?
Gets bored in class?
Retain information easily?
Have an advanced and developed vocabulary, or is reading above grade level?
Think creatively in order to solve complex problems?
Ask many questions in order to understand what he/she sees and hears?
Relate to others (including adults)? Easily?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you should consider evaluating your child for gifted placement.
What is the Gifted Testing Process?
Gifted testing requires administration of an IQ test, followed by a report from the evaluating psychologist. The usual length of time for administration is between 1 to 2 hours (depending on the child).
What is the required score to qualify for the Gifted Programs?
At the present time, in Miami-Dade public schools, the required score for entry into a Gifted Program is 130 IQ.
However, if the child participates in the free/reduced lunch program he/she can be considered under Plan B for gifted. Under Plan B the child needs a minimum IQ of 112 on the composite score and also receive points for teacher ratings, SAT/FCAT scores, and a creativity measure.
Who can perform a gifted evaluation?
Gifted evaluations can conducted by a Psychologist.
Dr. Alicia Vidal-Zas is an Independent Contractor Evaluator for the Miami Dade Public School Board.
The evaluation will determine if the child meets criteria for gifted placement within the school system.
Is your child struggling to live up to his or her potential in school?
While a child may look “lazy” on the surface, his/her reluctance to do work or to engage with school may be the result of a deeper problem, such as a “Learning disability” or a psychological issue that could be interfering with the child’s ability to learn.
WHY is a “psychoeducational evaluation” Necessary?
A Psychoeducational evaluation is performed to clarify a diagnosis and identify other factors that could be affecting the child in school. This assessment is intended to help the student reach his/her full potential.
What are assessments used in a Psychoeducational evaluation?
An intelligence test, such as the Differential Ability Scales – 2nd Edition, is use to determine the child’s Cognitive functioning. This test generates a Verbal, Nonverbal Reasoning, and Spatial abilities as a Full IQ.
An achievement test, such as the Kaufman Test of Education Achievement 3rd Edition, is performed. This assessment measures the degree to which the student has mastered academic skills in areas such as reading, math, writing and other areas.
The evaluation may also include other tests to assess personality, ADHD, Autism, Visual Motor Skills, Adaptive Behaviors, and emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.
What determines a Learning Disability?
A discrepancy between intelligence test and achievement test may indicate a specific type of learning issues.
Who can perform a Psychoeducational evaluation?
The evaluation conducted by a psychologist, such as Dr. Alicia Vidal-Zas, (Independent Contractor Evaluator for the Miami Dade Public School Board) will provide a diagnosis and clarify if your child is eligible for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which outlines goals and teaching strategies to help your child’s academic performance.
Other Psychological Evaluations for Children:
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Diagnostic Evaluations (Anxiety Disorders, Depression, etc.)
Contact Us for More Information on Psychological Evaluations
14225 SW 42nd St, Miami, FL 33175