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Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychoeducational Assessment is an evaluation of a child or adolescent’s intellectual and academic skills.

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Psychoeducational Assessment:

Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychoeducational Assessment is an evaluation of a child or adolescent’s intellectual and academic skills, and processes related to learning (memory, attention, processing speed, phonological processing, executive functioning, fine-motor control, etc.) using a standard battery of tests. Psychoeducational Assessment is an opportunity to arrive at a new or revised understanding of your child’s history, cognitive abilities, learning, social-emotional functioning and presenting symptoms. When appropriate, a learning disability/disorder or psychological diagnoses may also be provided following an assessment. Feedback is provided verbally in a meeting with the psychologist, as well as in the form of a written report. We also ensure that your child understands his or her own learning profile of strengths and weaknesses. Feedback and recommendations may also be given to your child’s school.

A psychoeducational assessment is helpful for every student, but some common reasons that people seek a psychoeducational assessment are:

  • • Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia)
  • • Giftedness
  • • Developmental concerns
  • • Behavioural concerns
  • • Social Difficulties
  • • Hyperactivity – Inattention – Impulsivity
  • • Anxiety

What is beneficial about a Psychoeducational assessment?

  • • It is a helpful tool in identifying your child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • • It can offer you a new or revised understanding of your child’s functioning
  • • It can be a relief to know the true nature of your child’s difficulties
  • • It can help decide the best course of action for academic support and intervention and future studies including post-secondary studies
  • • It can be used to assist in planning your child’s school program, to identify needs for special services in school, and to help you access resources in your community.

Why does someone get a psychoeducational assessment for their child?

Parents may choose to get an assessment completed for their child for a variety of reasons. Sometimes educators may suggest to a parent that it might be helpful to have an assessment done on their child. Sometimes parents may want to have an assessment because they notice that their child might be feeling frustrated at school, or that the school does not seem to understand their child. Getting a psychoeducational assessment completed with your child provides you with a detailed profile of your child’s learning style as well as recommendations on how to best support his/her learning. When ability, learning style, and areas of giftedness or difficulty are identified, learning environments can be modified to maximize the student’s opportunity for success. For children, assessments can help parents and teachers understand the child’s strengths and areas of challenge. For a student that struggles in school, a learning assessment can guide teachers and parents to develop realistic expectations and appropriate interventions.

Why does someone get a psychoeducational assessment as an adult?

Adults may choose to get an assessment completed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes when people start post-secondary education, they need an updated psychoeducational assessment to maintain accommodations that they might have had in high school. Sometimes educators may suggest an assessment if the student seems to be struggling to manage the demands of a post-secondary program. Another reason adults seek an assessment is when they have questions about their learning profile, either because of experiences in their past, or in their current job situation. Getting a psychoeducational assessment completed provides you with a detailed profile of your learning style as well as recommendations on how to best support your learning. Assessments can also be useful when advocating for reasonable accommodation at work or at a post-secondary educational institution.

What is included in a psychoeducational assessment?

A full psychoeducational assessment looks at:

  • • Developmental history
  • • Previous assessments
  • • Cognitive profile (IQ)
  • • Academic Achievement
  • • Social Emotional Functioning
  • • Visual Motor Integration
  • • May include other areas of assessment based on the individual’s profile

How long does it take?

The assessment process begins with an initial session to review your current concerns, and to gather background information. From there, two separate 2-hour sessions are scheduled at the time of the initial session. Additional sessions may be scheduled, as necessary.

After testing is complete, it typically takes three to six weeks to score, analyze the results and write up the report. When the report is ready, the client is contacted to schedule the debriefing session.

What do I get?

  • • A detailed report of the client’s learning profile and areas of strength and weakness
  • • Complete diagnostic profile as relevant for DSM diagnostic criteria
  • • Comprehensive recommendations to support the client’s learning
  • • A debriefing session with the assessment clinician to review the results
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