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A. Paige Frecker, Ed.S., NCSP

Testing for Learning Disabilities, Gifted, and Other Areas

Contact Information

Hillsborough County, FL
Phone: (813) 610-7905
Email: aalaacs@msn.com



I am a school psychologist working in multiple counties in the Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk. I provide psycho-educational testing and advice for people of all ages (two to adult, pre-K through college). My evaluations help to determine eligibility for school programs geared to issues such as Learning Disability, Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Developmental Delays. They also help to clarify or rule out diagnoses of other conditions, such as ADHD, depression, etc.

Testing for learning disabilities helps determine why a student is struggling and provides ideas for making that student more successful in school. It can also help a student get accommodations (e.g., extra time, quieter seating) on tests, from classroom tests to standardized tests like the Stanford Achievement Test to college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. Accommodations may even be available for students already enrolled in college.

Testing for the Gifted program can help high-achieving students get extra challenges and stimulation at school, to help them develop to their full potential. Such stimulation may reduce the boredom and frustration that bright students often experience when the regular curriculum is fairly easy for them. Please see my other website www.giftedtestingoftampabay.com for more information on Gifted testing.

As for my credentials, I hold an Education Specialist's degree, am a licensed school psychologist in the state of Florida (#SS715), and am a nationally certified school psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists (#33756). I have had extensive experience working in the private sector, working with community agencies, and working within a school system. A copy of my resume is available upon request.

What is a school psychologist?

A school psychologist is trained in analyzing and remediating challenges that a student may face in the course of his or her educational career. Those challenges may be academic, social, or emotional in nature. Please visit this link for more information on a school psychologist's typical training and roles.

 

What is the purpose of a psycho-educational evaluation?

The purpose of a psycho-educational evaluation is to evaluate a child’s cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning to determine the source of a particular problem and identify ways to help the child become more successful. This goal may be accomplished through the administration of a number of different kinds of tests, including intellectual, academic, information processing, and projective tests, as well as questionnaire and checklist measures.