Cognitive Testing

If the shoe fits, it is satisfying indeed!

Within the first two months of acceptance into C.A.T.E.S. Academy, an evaluation is done by Dr. Paul Cates and Dr. Kirk Cates.  This evaluation includes testings that measure cognition, diagnostic academic assessment, attention, focus, auditory processing, visual processing, and long-term and short-term memory.  These items are used to prepare an Individualized Plan for each child.

The right curriculum is like getting the right size for a shoe. Children, and the way they learn, come in all shapes and sizes; tall and short, slim and stout. Would anyone ever try to fit a size 12 foot into a size 6 shoe? Yet, when it comes to learning, square pegs often get forced into round holes.

These tests determine the right ‘fit’ for each child, thus giving us the optimum opportunity for educational (and behavioral) success.

How does this affect behavior? When a child is satisfied, there is less of a need for negative behavior. To use the shoe analogy again, a child with a size 12 foot that is wearing a size 10 shoe is uncomfortable and maybe even in some pain. This child may be more anxious, depressed or acting out.

Because school is such a large part of a child’s day, a student who is satisfied and happy at school will often be satisfied and happy at home as well.

Good emotional balance is based on F.A.C.T.

Testing and subsequent recommendations will not only address curriculum needs but will also have a direct impact on what we call F.A.C.T. and includes…

…Focus: Focus is the depth by which a student is involved. When a student is focused, the student is more apt to learn. The goal of each student’s structured day is to provide an experience that keeps a student focused for an optimum period of time.

…Attention: Before a student loses focus, they lose attention, or to use another word, they become distracted. The need for breaks helps increase serotonin, thus giving them the physical and mental ability to bring their mind back to attention.

…Confidence: Many of our students come to our school lacking confidence in math. One way to build confidence is to begin by doing things that they know well and then phase into more difficult challenges once their confidence has been developed.

…Transitions: Transitions are critical to a child that has anxiety. Transitions are those times in the day when change is occurring, ie getting up in the morning, going to school, changes in the school day, going home from school and going to bed, to name a few. Consistent structure that doesn’t change during these transition times is one of the things that helps build confidence in a child that has anxiety.

Our goal is to develop a plan of action that will provide nurture and encouragement from sunup to sundown. We at C.A.T.E.S. Academy work with the parents and the students to ensure each child has the best educational opportunity for their skills and abilities.  We want to work on these items at both school and at home.

C.A.T.E.S. Academy is under the umbrella of Faith Christian Academy and is a member of TANAS (Tennessee Association of Non-Public Schools) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

For more information on whether C.A.T.E.S. Academy might be a good fit for your child, either e-mail  kent@4families.org or call Kent Robson, Co-Founder and Headmaster of C.A.T.E.S. Academy at (844) 54-FAMILY -or- (844) 543-2645.