Assessment Center


The Assessment Program at CSB is a statewide resource of professionals who have specific expertise in the education of children and young adults who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. We provide the following services:

  • Parent and Staff Consultation
  • Student Assessment
  • Professional Development

There are two models of student assessment:

  • Center Assessment
  • Field Observation/Consultation

Referral questions and a careful consideration of the characteristics and needs of the individual student determine which model is appropriate.

Eligibility

  • Has a visual impairment which, even with best correction, adversely affects educational performance.
  • Has unresolved educational concerns following thorough district assessment.

Our Focus

Areas of the Core and Expanded Core Curriculum form the basis for our service. This may include:

  • Functional vision
  • Speech and Language
  • Cognitive Development
  • Academic achievement
  • Learning/reading media
  • Technology needs
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Recreation and leisure skills
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Social-emotional functioning
  • Self-determination and advocacy

Center Assessment

Referral questions are addressed over three to five days through assessment, observations, and parent interviews. Results and recommendations are discussed in a collaborative conference with parents and district professionals. A comprehensive written report completes the process.
This format is appropriate for students who can respond to formal testing on the CSB campus. An apartment is available for family use.

Field Observation/Consultation

Referral questions are addressed during one to two days of direct observation, a parent meeting in the home setting, and discussion with educational team members. A collaborative conference with parents and educational professionals is followed by a written report.
This format is appropriate for students whose strengths and needs are best demonstrated through interactions within their familiar home and school environments.

Consultation and Professional Development

Our staff is available for phone or email consultation, group workshops, or trainings to support district efforts to provide the best possible education for students who are blind or visually impaired. This can be offered at CSB or alternative sites.
We invite you to phone or email us to discuss your specific needs.

Speech and Language


Assessment Center Staff

Gabrielle Cohen, MA

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
gcohen@csb-cde.ca.gov

510-936-5567

 

Maureen Green, MS,CCC-SLP

Speech & Language Pathologist
mgreen@csb-cde.ca.gov

510-936-5562

 

Stephanie Herlich, MA

Coordinator, Teach of Student with Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
sherlich@csb-cde.ca.gov

510-936-5524

 

Amanda McKerracher, PhD

Psychologist
amckerracher@cbs-cde.ca.gov

510-936-5565