Within the first two months of acceptance into C.A.T.E.S. Academy, testing is done that measures cognition, diagnostic academic assessment, attention, focus, auditory processing, visual processing, and long-term and short-term memory. These items are used to prepare an Individualized Plan for each child.
The right curriculum is like getting the right size for a shoe. Children, and the way they learn, come in all shapes and sizes; tall and short, slim and stout. Would anyone ever try to fit a size 12 foot into a size 6 shoe? Yet, when it comes to learning, square pegs often get forced into round holes.
These tests determine the right ‘fit’ for each child, thus giving us the optimum opportunity for educational (and behavioral) success.
How does this affect behavior? When a child is satisfied, there is less of a need for negative behavior. To use the shoe analogy again, a child with a size 12 foot that is wearing a size 10 shoe is uncomfortable and maybe even in some pain. This child may be more anxious, depressed or acting out.
Because school is such a large part of a child’s day, a student who is satisfied and happy at school will often be satisfied and happy at home as well.