After an initial intake interview with the parents, several intellectual and psychological assessments are provided to students who are referred to the Center for International Psychological Services due to learning difficulties. Through the intellectual assessment, the strengths and limitations of the students and where their academic struggles come from are recognized to establish a treatment plan unique for each individual.
Especially for children between the ages 3-7, several behavioral observations are conducted to observe how the student behaves in bilingual academic and play situations. The behavioral observations are conducted individually in English and Korean to figure out which language the child finds more convenient and how the child responses to each language. This provides us with a greater insight into understanding the learning difficulties of a bilingual child.
The learning difficulties of a child may be due to various (cognitive, emotional, behavioral) reasons and a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation helps to understand the difficulties of the child and to establish a treatment plan. Under the consent of the parents, communication is also made between the clinic and the school to implement the treatment plan in a school setting as well.
During the past 15 years, many parents with children between the ages 3-7 were able to specifically understand the learning difficulties of their children through the comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation. An individualized active learning program for these bilingual children has positively affected the child in regard to his/her emotional state and helped develop a keen interest in learning.