Diagnostic Center

Diagnostic Center

ACA, in partnership with New Hope Therapy in Hot Springs offers students who may require help in certain areas of their education Speech, Occupational and Physical therapists and are provided an in-depth, holistic team approach to learning .

New Hope Therapy evaluation processes utilize standardized testing, as well as our clinical skills to look at the whole child.  Their assessment process relies heavily on family involvement and input. New Hope's goal when evaluating a child, is to identify strengths and weaknesses based on standardized scores and then determine the type(s) of services best suited for the family and child.  ACA in partnership with New Hope Therapy offers a team approach for evaluations when appropriate for all families.

As part of the evaluation process it is imperative that the families are educated and equipped to help their child at home.  By spending time with the family we can determine their needs and give specific suggestions and ideas of things they can do during their everyday lives that will directly affect their child’s progress.
New Hope Hope Therapy's speech-language pathologists assess: 

  • Oral motor
  • Feeding
  • Articulation
  • Expressive speech
  • Receptive language
  • Apraxia
  • Pragmatics (use of language)
  • Social skills
  • Syntax (grammar)
  • Semantics (meaning)
  • Oral and written language
  • Auditory processing
  • Phonological processing
  • Problem solving
  • Oral reading.

 Occupational therapists assess: 

  • Fine motor
  • Visual motor
  • Visual perceptual
  • Vision
  • Sensory integration
  • Self help, pre-vocational
  • Feeding skills.

Physical therapists assess:

  • Gross motor
  • Balance and coordination
  • Strength and endurance
  • Ambulation and gait.

A comprehensive evaluation from New Hope therapists based on the whole child ensures the child’s needs are met.  The process includes taking the evaluation results (standardized scores and clinical observation) and then formulating a plan that is practical, informative and allows the parents to be empowered on behalf of their child.
Please contact Cindy Young (501-772-7771) for information regarding our evaluation process.