How often does my child need to come?
Typically, students come to AFL for one 60-minute session per week. Some students opt to come more than once per week or come for longer sessions. Decisions about frequency and intensity of services are made in collaboration with the Director of Clinical Services in your initial consultation. These are based on the needs of your child and your goals for growth.
Do I need to stay at AFL during my child's session?
You do not need to stay in the office while we are working with your child, although you are welcome to sit in our waiting room and take advantage of our free wi-fi service or find a quiet space in our building's cafeteria.
Do you provide services outside of your office?
We are available to see students at their schools during the school day, provided that you communicate with school staff and they agree to provide an appropriate space in the building where we can meet with your child each week. Fees for off-site services are different in order to cover travel expenses. We do not work with students in their homes.
Do you provide web-based services?
When appropriate, we do work with sessions through a secure web-based platform that provides an audio and visual connection as well as a "shared" white board space. E-sessions are ideal for students who live too far away to get to our office each week. We can help determine whether this format is a good option for your child.
How do you determine which specialist works with my child?
In your initial consultation, we identify your concerns and goals for your child as well as the nature of his or her current learning needs. Based on this information, we determine which member of our staff can most effectively work with your child to address those needs. Much thought goes into making the right match; decisions are based on personality, temperament, experience, expertise, and training. In some instances, we may feel strongly that a specific person on our staff be matched with your child; in other instances, we may feel that any of several staff members would be equally well suited. These decisions, of course, affect how quickly we are able to begin working with your child. All of our specialists are highly trained in EmPOWER and Brain Frames as well as a variety of research-based methods for facilitating literacy and learning.
How long will it take for my child to improve?
The speed with which skills progress and the amount of instruction each student needs vary according to his/her learning profile and learning style. Each semester, your specialist will collaborate with you to provide a formal review of goals, progress, strengths, challenges, and make recommendations.
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