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The road to James Cameron School – Part Two

on 6 August 2015

Nancy and Daughter

We had our daughter privately assessed for a learning disability. A public assessment would take years and I was told hers would keep being held off because she was 'coping' in school

We lived in the Okanagan region of BC and the public route would have been a minimum three years. We were told that five children per year in the Okanagan are assessed and the wait list had 15 kids before her.

I looked at all the websites. Our private registered psychologist told...

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The road to James Cameron School – Part One

on 23 July 2015

Navigating the school system and learning to advocate for your child’s education can be a struggle for many parents. Adding a suspected learning disability to the mix can make things even more difficult.

No one experience is the same. If you are trying to determine if your child has a learning disability, such as dyslexia, the road can be long and winding, full of detours or sometimes clear and direct. Whatever the case, we hope to give you some insight through the experiences of the following families in their...

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Interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe – Part Two

on 9 July 2015

Here is part two of our interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, registered psychologist and the clinic founder of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic. 

JCS: How does an assessment work?

Dr. Lapointe: Some clinics use a set battery, a set series that they administer to every single child. We do not.

We create the assessment based on what the referral questions are...

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Interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe – Part One

on 25 June 2015

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a registered psychologist and the clinic founder of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic. She and other clinicians offer psychoeducational assessments as well as many other services at their clinic in Surrey, BC.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Dr. Lapointe some questions.

James Cameron School: What questions should parents ask their children’s teacher about the learning...

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Does your child need to be assessed for a learning disability?

on 11 June 2015

Your child is bright, confident and healthy. He loves school and making new friends, but you’ve noticed a gradual change in his enthusiasm for attending. You carry on asking him about his days, his friends and his activities, and mostly everything is positive. But some days he just seems defeated and can’t explain why.

For parents new to the school system it can be difficult to know what is a typical experience and what are signs that your child may be struggling. Report cards may show that your child is...

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