A Psycho-educational assessment is a focused psychological assessment that looks at skills and abilities relevant to educational planning from Kindergarten to University. It can answer questions such as:
- Does my child have a Learning Disability such as dyslexia?
- Does my child have ADHD?
- Are there special education interventions that would be helpful for my child?
- Are there work-arounds that might help my child show their ability more effectively at school?
- Is my child intellectually gifted?
- Has a medical or health condition affected my child's cognitive abilities?
A psycho-educational assessment looks at abilities like:
- verbal and nonverbal reasoning,
- processing speed,
- reading (from word-reading to comprehension of paragraphs),
- writing (from spelling to essay-writing), and
- mathematics (from speed to problem solving).
A psychoeducational assessment might also include an assessment of mental health issues and functional behaviour.
A psycho-educational assessment provides some clarity in understanding your child's profile of learning and information processing. It can help to pinpoint an issue, which can help in supporting a special needs designation at school and crafting an individual education plan.
If you book a psycho-educational assessment, we will book 2 meetings right away. One is a one-hour parent meeting to review the history and determine what questions you have and help to design an appropriate assessment; older youths are welcome to come to that meeting as well at your discretion. The second meeting is an all-day testing appointment where the child or youth will meet with my testing technician to complete the tests; parents need to be available by cell phone and be available for the lunch hour, but need not be in the office all day. The testing session lasts as long as a school day, but for younger children, may be shortened at the testing technician's discretion if fatigue is affecting test results.