Evaluation & Resources
ACCESS has the tools you need to put your child on the path to success
Parents who are concerned about their child’s academic performance may be referred to the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center for reasons that may include, but not limited to suspected dyslexia, reading disorders, spelling difficulties, inability to decode (sound out words), handwriting difficulties, language delays, visual motor/processing delays, and clumsiness.
We offer parents and educators an on-staff clinical psychologist and psychological examiner for expert developmental, psychological and psycho-educational evaluations (cognitive testing).
Kimberly Newton, MS, LPE-I, Psychological Examiner for ACCESS®, has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. She performs comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational evaluations at the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center (AERC) for children, teenagers and young adults diagnosing disabilities such as attention deficit disorder(ADHD), specific learning disorders (dyslexia, mathematic disorder, disorder of written expression) and autism spectrum disorders. She also provides cognitive testing and comprehensive developmental evaluations for children birth to 6 years old to determine eligibility for CHMS/DDTCS programs.
The ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center provides students an educational edge through comprehensive evaluations and a progressive educational resource lab. We also provide the next vital step in helping your child succeed through the utilization of our state-of-the-art technology lab and a variety of academic treatment approaches. An array of services, customized for each child, provides students with specialized instruction (academic therapy) to develop skills and solutions to bridge academic gaps in reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.
Comprehensive Rule-Outs and Diagnoses
Evaluations can include rule-outs and diagnoses for autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other mental health issues with thorough educational testing highlighting learning styles, weaknesses and/or disabilities.
To get a full picture of an individual, it is important that an evaluation encompasses observation from multiple aspects. Along with an ACCESS psychologist or psychological examiner, speech, physical and occupational therapists are a part of the evaluation team, as needed. The development of an education and/or therapy plan often involves meeting with teachers, providing outpatient therapy (speech, occupational or physical) or academic therapy (tutoring services), training with professionals, and recommendations for equipment, educational technology, Cogmed Working Memory Training™ or classroom modifications.
Cogmed Working Memory Training™
ACCESS is proud to be the first Arkansas licensee for Cogmed Working Memory Training™. Cogmed Working Memory Training™ is an evidenced-based program for helping children, adolescents and adults sustainability improve attention by training their working memory. Cogmed is an affiliate of Pearson Clinical Assessment Group.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps individuals become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders.
Academic Therapy – A results-oriented outpatient program for central Arkansas students K-12 who struggle with reading, reading comprehension and written expression.
ACCESS® Academic Therapists provide an individualized approach specific to each student’s learning needs.
Chelsea Bradford, BSE, ECSE
Chelsea Joined ACCESS in July 2015. Prior to her work as an academic therapist, she worked as a preschool teacher at ACCESS beginning May 2012. As an academic therapist, Chelsea travels to surrounding Little Rock private schools providing specialized tutoring services, as well as students here at ACCESS. She works to develop an individualized plan to remediate reading comprehension, reading fluency, written expression, and executive functioning deficits.
Chelsea graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She works to help those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, specific learning disabilities, and executive function disorders. Chelsea is certified in The DuBard Association Method® and IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading approach.
Amanda Driedric, M.S. CCC-SLP
Amanda joined ACCESS in May 2011. Her main responsibility is providing specialized tutoring services to students from ACCESS and from the Central Arkansas community who have learning disabilities. Her therapy sessions focus on remediation of reading, spelling, comprehension, written expression, and executive functioning and study skills.
In addition to providing academic therapy services, she is responsible for recommending compensatory technology to students with learning disabilities, consulting with the evaluation and resource center team regarding recommendations and programming for students, and consulting with families regarding academic therapy services.
Amanda graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She specializes in educational technology, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and executive functioning disorders. She is certified in The DuBard Association Method®, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing®, and CogMed Working Memory Training.