Neurocognitive Learning Assessments
Frequently Asked Questions about the Mindprint Learning Assessment
Will the unique learning profile indicate if a child is gifted?
At Mindprint we feel it is important that gifted children receive proper stimulation to nurture their strengths and ensure they continue to develop at an accelerated level. Mindprint’s Unique Learning Profile will indicate if a child excels in one or several cognitive skills, which can in turn be shared with the school’s gifted study team to determine if the child should be placed in a gifted program
Will the unique learning profile show if a child has a learning disability?
Only an in-person evaluation by a licensed clinician can lead to a medical diagnosis of a learning disability. Mindprint can provide important information about how a child learns. and if the child demonstrates weaknesses compared to a national sample of same-aged children. With this information, better choices can be made in determining the best next steps to support the child.
How does Mindprint distinguish a “Learning Difference” from a “Learning Disability?"
Most frequently, you will find that clinicians and schools use the term learning disability to indicate a diagnosis that qualifies for accommodations. Some parents, teachers, and students prefer the term learning difference because they believe it more positively conveys the child’s ability to succeed. Because Mindprint does not diagnose learning disabilities, we believe it is more appropriate for us to use the term learning difference. We believe this best describes the breadth of our families’ unique situations.
What is the difference between a “need” and a “weakness?"
Clinicians typically use the term weakness to describe an area where a student’s skills are relatively under-performing compared to the child’s other cognitive skills. When Mindprint refers to a clinician’s report, we use the term weakness to be consistent with what parents may have been told by a trusted third party. Mindprint often prefers the use of the term need. To us, need simply indicates an area where extra support may be necessary to help a child succeed. It also connotes that the need is not necessarily permanent given what we now know about neuroplasticity.
How was the Mindprint assessment developed?
The Mindprint Assessment was developed by physicians and researchers in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the Perelman School fo Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Also scientifically referred to as the “Penn Computerized Neurocognitive Battery” (CNB), it has been tested on over 100,000 participants worldwide including more than 10,000 children, 50,000 members of the armed services and NASA astronauts. Administration of the test provides an appropriate understanding of your child’s cognitive strengths and needs relative to same-aged peers.
How accurate is the Mindprint assessment?
The Mindprint Assessment is a scientifically-valid cognitive test designed to help pinpoint a child’s learning strengths and needs. Cognitive evaluations like the Mindprint Assessment have been considered to be the most reliable way to evaluate a child’s abilities, and offer the best predictions of academic performance and socio-economic success. Mindprint is pleased to be the first to offer a computerized, scientifically-valid version that can be completed at a time and in a setting when your child is the most comfortable and performs at their best.
Can a child be gifted and have learning disabilities?
Some children can exhibit signs of both giftedness and learning differences, sometimes referred to as “twice exceptional.” These children may go unidentified in either category because their giftedness masks their learning differences and specific learning difficulties may impede their ability to demonstrate their full gifted potential.
What is included in the assessment results?
Upon completing the Assessment, GOALS will review with you an easy-to-understand detailed report called the Unique Learning Profile. The Unique Learning Profile is a multi-page evaluation of the child’s competencies across ten core cognitive skills: visual motor speed, processing speed, attention, working memory, flexible thinking, abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, spatial perception, verbal memory and visual memory. It includes detailed explanations of the child’s performance on each skill. The Unique Learning Profile also provides specific and effective learning strategies which will be incorporated into the student’s tutoring and/or test preparation. If you are a parent, we hope you decide to share the results of the Assessment with teachers, or others who are involved in your child’s education, as it should enable them to be more effective in helping your child succeed.
What types of questions are on the assessment?
Our computerized, adaptive Assessment will measure each child’s learning strengths and needs on ten skills in four core domains of speed, executive functions, complex reasoning, and memory. Unlike school achievement tests, there are no reading passages and no math computations. Students will need to read and should be reading at a minimum of a 2nd-grade level. Also, students should be comfortable following simple multi-step directions independently. Since there is no math, students do not need to be concerned about knowing their math facts. Students who have taken the Assessment have described it as “a series of puzzles” and typically say “it was actually quite fun.”