Testing

ALA-PLA: Remote SOI Career & School Placement Testing

CASE STUDY:  20 YEAR OLD MALE ON THE SPECTRUM

I have come to really enjoy using the ALA-PLA test globally. The SOI ALA results below illustrate a difficult case, and I’d like to explain how I, as a psychologist, discussed the results with the parents. The goal of testing was to provide guidance for future (college) educational and career paths. First, it was important for me to identify his interests: classic comic books, film editing, and photography. He took the SOI test on 2 medications: Focalin (ADHD) and Strattera.

SOI identified his intellectual gift as transformational thinking (which I found unusual for someone on the spectrum, but not for someone who loved comics). My mother, Mary Meeker, would always Continue reading “ALA-PLA: Remote SOI Career & School Placement Testing”

Classrooms, learning skills

I Can Hear the Drum Roll of Education

It has arrived or will soon arrive. That would be the new school year.

The machinery behind school beginning is monumental even down to the small five-year-old I saw that was proudly lugging a basket full of schools supplies. I expressed my respect to him that he was carrying that big basket himself. He cocked his head and said, “Yup, I’m going to school and we have everything on the list!” I followed the happy boy and his mother out of the store and I actually sat in my car for a few minutes just thinking about the happiness in this boy’s face.

In addition to his list of supplies, on his first day of school he will begin checking off the list of learning abilities necessary for the grade level he is in through his own personal performance. Is he able to concentrate, comprehend, and remember? Is he able to start developing good decision making, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills? Does he have the necessary visual stamina, auditory listening skills, and body control?

If the answers are yes, then he moves along with the teaching, the curriculum, and the expectations that are mandated for Kindergarten and for the all the grades that follow. If many of the answers are no, a whole separate machinery begins within the school system that is Continue reading “I Can Hear the Drum Roll of Education”