What should I expect during the initial appointment?
During your initial appointment we will spend time reviewing concerns and goals for the client. We will go over the case history report, report cards and any previous evaluation reports. If we find that we help a client we will then set up a time for formal testing if warranted.
How many session do I need?
This will depend on the needs of each individual client. Many clients are seen 3 to 5x's per week.
Does my child
need to be tested 3 times after he finishes one of your programs?
There are actually
3 opportunities for
testing. You may choose which work best for your situation.
The intensive interventions
offered at CRSS often result in improvement that may be measured immediately
upon completion of a program, 30 days after completion of a program, and up to
6 months after completion of a program. Therefore, some test results such
as ones received immediately after or 30 days after a program are
preliminary. The 6 month assessment is considered conclusive of the
effects of an intensive program.
How long will
the positive changes last?
Long term studies
conducted on clients who have completed the Fast ForWord programs, the Integrative Listening Program, the
Interactive Metronome, and the Lindamood Bell programs have shown that progress
was maintained at one year following completion of the program. You
should not worry that your child will lose the gains he/she made.
However, some children benefit from participation in a booster session or the
next or advanced levels of some of the programs.
Other programs need
to be repeated on a regular basis depending on the specific needs of the
individual. Your therapist or trainer will provide you with specific
information on the best methods for customizing the program to meet your
finished the ____________ program, but we didn’t notice any significant changes
until a couple of months later. Why?
The programs we use
are neurologically intensive, brain-building programs. Everyone’s system
is different. Some experience noticeable changes almost immediately, some
experience a delayed result. For each of the programs, we have checklists
to help you identify the many areas that may be affected by the program; if you
didn’t receive one from your therapist/trainer, ask for one. Sometimes we
don’t see immediate improvement in the area we expected, but we see dramatic
changes in other areas. Sometimes, as parents, we acclimate quickly to
improvement in communication or behavior, and it’s not until a teacher,
relative or a friend makes a comment that we realize our child has made
In the middle of
the program, my child started to regress? This concerned me. Do we
need to stop the program?
The programs are
designed to improve neurological functioning. For some people, this means
that a short period of “neurological disorganization or dis-coordination” will
appear just prior to noticeable improvement in that same area. For
example, one client may notice that he/she is bumping into door frames or
knocking things over easily; this period lasts for a couple of days but will be
followed by significant improvement in sports performance of timing, reflexes,
and coordination. Another client may exhibit a few “quirky” behaviors of
interrupting while others are speaking, asking a lot of questions, or behaving
impulsively when he/she doesn’t naturally behave that way; a few days later, communication
skills make a noticeable improvement. We regard those occurrences as
clinically relevant, and we do not recommend taking a break from the
program. If the behaviors are strong enough or last for more than 3 days
and are interfering with school or home life we can make adjustments to the
I heard my child
should not receive standardized testing more often than every 3 years because
he/she may “learn the test”. How do you know a child is not simply
“learning the test” and that is why they show improvement?
similar to CRSS are engaged in utilizing standardized tests as a
means of accurate measurement of improvement. Current research has
established the use of standardized tests as an acceptable means for determining
effectiveness of short-term intensive programs. CRSS Strategies
utilizes that research and carefully selects assessment batteries with subtests
A and B, or we will use similar but different tests to measure gains.
Research has identified which assessment batteries and tests are “easy to
learn”. We avoid administering those tests as post-tests.
We hope this list
of Frequently Asked Questions is helpful to you. If you have additional
questions, please feel free to ask any of our staff and they will be more than
happy to assist you
Call 518-682-2799 to make an appointment.