Transitional Vocational Assessment and Evaluation


SouthEast LLC provides comprehensive evaluations using the latest industry tools and resources, to assess the special needs, skills and abilities, and set specific goals to:

  • Enhance their chances of post-high school success,
  • Improve skill development for post-school training and education,
  • Increase their opportunities to enter the world of work, and
  • Lead productive, integrated and independent lives within their communities.

Our Evaluations assist special  educators, students, and their families  to form a  realistic awareness of career options, and helps the individual  improve their self-awareness and motivation for Success.

The Plan has realistic short- and long-term goals for adult living that are individualized for each individual, and that include his or her particular capabilities and interests.



CRC oneWhat is Vocational Assessment?


Vocational assessment can be defined as a general term for the process of identifying and appraising an individual’s level of functioning in relation to vocational preparation and employment decision making. The purpose of vocational assessment in rehabilitation is to:

  • plan a course of action
  • enhance client self-knowledge and vocational decision-making abilities
  • predict realistic employment outcomes that result in successful client vocational rehabilitation

The vocational assessment process has three levels:

  • Level 1 – Screening/Needs Assessment
  • Level 2 – Clinical or Exploratory
  • Level 3 – Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation

Level 1 – Screening/Needs Assessment

A needs assessment is a systematic exploration of the way things are and the way they should be. These “things” are usually associated with determining what is necessary to develop a plan of action (e.g. vocational plan). 

Level 1 includes:

  • Interview with client
  • Collection of routine background information (demographics)
  • Reliance on subjective client statements
    • Vocational choice/interest
    • Self-estimates of competence
    • Reported work history
  • Functional Assessment (i.e. Personal Capacities Questionnaire)
  • NO standardized testing (other th
  • an. interest)

Level 2 – Clinical or Exploratory

This level is an in depth exploration or case study approach to the client and vocationally related circumstances. It builds on level 1 information through use of:

  • Additional interviews
  • Collect/analyze documentation (e.g. school records, medical records)
  • Career exploration
  • Vocational and/or adjustment counseling
  • Psychometric/standardized testing
  • Transferable skills analysis
  • Computerized job matching
  • Job analysis and/or environmental assessment
  • Assistive technology considerations

Level 3: Vocational Evaluation


Real or simulated work is used as the focal point of the evaluation. It is a systematic observation and recording of work behaviour & performance that occurs over time and uses multiple methods and techniques to validate findings. Some combinations of the following methods are used:

  • Work samples; job samples (i.e. Valpar)
  • Situational assessments; community based assessment
  • Standardized Testing
  • Interview
  • Transferable skills; job matching
  • Analysis of background information
  • Career Exploration/job shadow
  • Assistive Technology considerations
  • Prescriptive recommendations

 

 

  • Choosing the ‘Right’ Level of Vocational Assessment for Your Needs

Three primary characteristics drive which level of vocational assessment is most appropriate:

  • Purpose of referral
  • Specific referral questions
  • Severity of disability and/or other barriers to employment

Potential Referral Questions for Vocational Evaluation

Referral questions are critical. They provide focus and structure to the vocational assessment or vocational evaluation process. They give the evaluator something to measure against (e.g. specific job or educational programs).

  • Does this person possess the necessary skills and work-related behaviours to pursue education and employment in the occupational area of __________?
  • Is this person able to articulate a realistic vocational goal?
  • What type of employment is most suitable for this individual’s skill and ability level?
  • Does this job require additional training? If so, what type of training?
  • Is training or an education program a reasonable goal for this individual? If so, please indicate the type, intensity and length of program that appears realistic.
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IDEA Evaluations Transitional Evaluations

 

A detailed statement of fees will be provided for clients’ submission to insurance companies for self-filing claims. Please note that most insurance companies do not cover psycho-educational testing for developmental delays or learning issues, as they deem these services ‘educational’ rather than ‘medical’, even if the provider is ‘in-network’.

Schools will pay for Transitional Evaluations however, many parents often have to hire an attorney or school advocate in order for this to occur.

We provide services for school aged children as well as college students with learning disabilities, attention problems, and behavioral concerns.

We provide the following psych0-educational evaluation services:

Comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations that define children’s learning profile, academic strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for effective remediation and accommodations. The evaluations assess the following areas:

Complete psycho-educational transitional evaluation – $1950

  • comprehensive intelligence testing/Cognitive Processes (e.g., processing speed, flexibility)behavior/emotional/social assessment
  • comprehensive testing of all neuropsychological processing areas appropriate, such as processing speed, visual-motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, auditory processing skills, phonological processing skills, attention/concentration skills
  • Interest Testing
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Vocational and Work Samples
  • comprehensive transitional evaluation  report

Emotional/Behavioral Assessment

  • Call and speak to us regarding your concerns in order to obtain an estimated cost of assessment.  These are typically completed on an hourly fee basis.

Academic Assessment only

  • Achievement testing in all academic areas (basic reading, reading comprehension, math reasoning, math calculation, written expression) with a brief written report – $500

Consultation

  • Our clinicians are available to meet with you to discuss behavioral, learning, and developmental issues.  We are happy to attend meetings at your child’s school or complete observations in alternate locations. Charges for these services are $175 per hour.
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