If you or your child, teen, or college student is struggling in school or college, our psychologists and other professionals at the APACenter can help.
Some of the educational struggles that we frequently assist with include:
- Low grades and academic challenges
- Difficulties with standardized tests (TAKS, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT)
- Dyslexia and reading difficulties
- Attention-deficit and hyperactivity related problems (inattention, off-task, low productivity)
- Peer relationship problems
- Anxieties about school performance, stress, perfectionism, and test anxiety
- Discipline problems
Our services can help you, your child, teen, or college student:
- Get tailored recommendations to become more successful in the educational environment
- Gain access educational accommodations and interventions through 504 or special education services.
- Receive accommodations, which can include extended time, on standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, or GRE
To help you or your child, teen, or college student overcome these struggles, and obtain the appropriate intervention, we provide 4 main areas of service:
- Assessments – With our comprehensive assessments, we gather information from parents, teachers, and school records and conduct approximately 5-8 hours of individual testing in areas such as cognitive abilities, memory, attention, academic skills, and emotional/behavioral functioning. Through combining all of this information, we are able to make tailored recommendations based upon the profile of strengths and weaknesses. Such evaluations can also help gain access to 504 or special educations services and accommodations such as extended time on tests. If the school has conducted an evaluation with which you disagree or has refused to conduct one, you might be able to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) that would be paid for by the school district.
- Therapy – When emotional, behavioral, or social problems are interfering with an individual’s educational functioning, we provide practical, effective therapy to help improve these areas.
- Consultation – If you are unsure of whether an assessment or therapy would be most helpful, or just know that you need to sit and talk with an experienced professional to get some support and direction, consultation might be the best fit for you.
- Advocacy – Sometimes you might need assistance with interfacing with school or college staff to ensure that you or your child, teen, or college student are able to gain access to the appropriate accommodations and services. We have the needed training and background to help schools and colleges recognize these needs and offer the suitable interventions.
We give presentations, at no charge, at schools to teachers, students, and parents, on various topics. Some of these topics include:
- Fostering the development of a growth mindset in children (critical to successful educational outcomes).
- Technology addiction and what parents, teachers, and students can do about it.
- The effects of video game violence on children and how to minimize some of the negative effects of gaming.
- The social/emotional impact of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities on children.
- Teaching kids self-compassion (a mindfulness-based approach). This includes how parents and teachers can foster self-compassion in children.
- An empirically-supported approach to the identification and treatment of dyslexia (the latest research findings).
- Understanding and using psychological reports.
- Recognizing students who are at risk for suicide & implementing prevention strategies.
- Working with twice-exceptional students (gifted students who have some type of disability as well, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder).
- Positive parenting – how to foster compliance and responsible behavior in children without using punitive measures.
Please contact us at (512) 891-1500 if you would like to set up an appointment or learn more about our services.
Read our answers to some frequently asked questions about Educational Support.