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SEAL Assessment

selSocial Emotional Academic Learning Assessments

Club Xcite provides a variety of academic support services from private tutoring to executive functioning and social confidence coaching. Our unique approach to learning is teaching a child how to learn as well as what to learn. All children have strengths and weaknesses that affect academic success and Club Xcite can provide the following learning assessments to get a baseline of students’ existing academic, social and emotional learning skill set. Parents will receive a report outlining all of the data, which can be used as a starting point for identifying what skills a student has and needs to be successful. Our private tutoring and coaching programs can be structured to improve upon the areas of weakness and utilize and continue to develop the areas of strength. Reassessments can be administered periodically to show progress.

For parents hoping to gain a better understanding of their child’s social and emotional capabilities, both the DESSA and SEARS assessments are recommended. Both measure different social and emotional behaviors and can provide useful insight on the areas of strength and weakness.

For families who wish to solely measure their child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, the SMALSI is recommended. This assessment will provide detailed descriptions of each strength and/or weakness regarding how a child handles different aspects of the learning process. It is a good foundation for preparing any learning or school-related intervention.

Because social and emotional behaviors often overlap with academic performance and motivation, all three assessments are recommended to receive a full and holistic measure of any child or adolescent’s skills, strengths and weaknesses. When we are able to gather baseline data in all areas of social and emotional competencies as well as academic and learning performance, we are better able to see how we can support the student from all angles to promote learning, confidence, and success.

SMALSI – School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (Grades 3 – 12th; ages 8 -18)

The SMALSI is a self-report inventory designed to measure ten primary areas associated with academic motivation and learning and study strategies. Seven areas focus of student strengths and three areas focus on student liabilities. The SMALSI aims to identify strengths and weaknesses so that successful interventions can be integrated with a student’s natural learning process.

The academic strength areas which the SMALSI assesses are: Study Strategies, Listening Skills, Reading & Comprehension Strategies, Writing & Research Skills, Test-Taking Strategies, Organizational Techniques, Time Management. The liabilities measured include Low Academic Motivation, Test Anxiety, and Concentration & Attention Difficulties.

The SMALSI can be completed by students ages 8 – 18. For children, 8 – 12 years old, the Time Management and Organizational techniques are combined into a single scale. Depending on the reading level of the examinee, the SMALSI can be completed in approximately 20 -30 minutes.

DESSA – Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (K – 8th grade)

The DESSA is a measure of social-emotional competencies of children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Social competencies refer to the stability of children to successfully interact with peers and adults, the ability to manage emotions in an age-appropriate manner, and the demonstration of positive self and social awareness. This assessment is entirely strength-based meaning that the scales measure how well a child exhibits each social behavior.

The seven scale – or social competencies – measured by the DESSA include: Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Goal-Directed Behavior, Relationship Skills, Personal Responsibility, Decision Making, and Optimistic Thinking.

The DESSA can be completed by parents, teachers, or staff at child-serving agencies such as after school, social services, and mental health programs. The DESSA can typically be completed within 20 minutes.

SEARS – Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales (Grades 3 – 12th; or ages 8 – 18)

The SEARS assessment is a strength-based measure of children and adolescent’s social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics. The behaviors measured by this assessment include friendship skills, empathy, interpersonal skills, problem solving, social maturity, social independence, cognitive strategies, and resilience. The self-report style survey can be used for children and adolescents, 8 – 18 years of age. The parent and teacher surveys can be used to assess children 5 – 18 years of age.

The SEARS assessment can be completed by parents, teachers, and children or adolescents in grades 3rd – 12th or ages 8 – 18. Both parent and student SEARS survey can be completed in approximately 20 minutes.

Assessment Administration

Establishing rapport with the child prior to assessment administration will be important in minimizing any uneasiness or reluctance to respond to any item on the assessment. One way a child and administrator will establish rapport is during the brief interview before the assessments are administered. It is possible that a child may not understand a word or phrase in the SEARS – in this event the administrator will explain the item in neutral terms. Though breaks are not recommended during a single assessment, the administrator will be flexible and comply with any requested breaks. A child may request a short break between different assessments. A system can be put in place to encourage the completion and accuracy of each assessment if needed. This can be completed with a positive reinforcement structure if needed, and will vary depending on what the parent and administrator see as potentially successful in gathering accurate data.

Costs (Includes administration, report, and recommendation)

  • All three assessments (DESSA, SEARS and SMALSI): $295
  • Social Emotional Assessments (DESSA and SEARS): $175
  • Academic Learning Strategies (SMALSI): $175

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