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Psycho-Educational Assessments

How we can help

Every child has strengths and weaknesses that impact on their behaviors. A psycho-educational assessment will delve into a child’s cognitive abilities, social and emotional functioning, academic achievement and ability to sustain attention as well as medical and family history. Once we can identify their strengths and weaknesses, we can provide a ‘road-map’ for parents and teachers to help with academic planning and to maximize their child’s potential.

Process

The
pre-assessment
interview
Parents and teachers meet with one of our Clinical Psychologists to discuss the assessment, sharing background information and concerns, before taking away forms to complete, to provide insights into the child’s functioning in a variety of settings.
Testing
Conducted over a minimum of six hours of one-to-one test administration, these are all fun, interactive and positive.

Team
conference
Members of the assessment team discuss their impressions and the testing results, drawing on everyone’s areas of expertise, and utilizing our wider team of clinicians if necessary, to provide a comprehensive assessment.
The report
Our reports (20-30 pages) provide a comprehensive picture of the child at the time of the assessment, including background information, observations from parents and teachers, specific test results, summary and conclusions, and recommendations for home and for school.
The debriefing
At our debriefing, we meet with the child and parents to present and explain the results in positive terms, with an emphasis on strengths. Parents will be provided with a full treatment plan for the child, including strategies to address problem areas, as well as how to continue to support areas of strength.

Your Concerns

What is a psycho-educational assessment?

We often see brilliant children who aren’t achieving their potential, or who are fantastic at certain things but struggle with others. A psycho-educational assessment provides an in-depth look at a child’s strengths and weaknesses, demonstrating what may be impeding their progress at school, or making learning difficult. A good psycho-educational assessment will provide the tools to address challenges, while using the child’s strengths.

A comprehensive assessment can:

  • Help determine the specific problem by looking at many different aspects of thinking and learning.
  • Include tips for home and school that will help maximize a child’s potential.
  • Provide parents, teachers and the child with appropriate strategies for success.
  • Qualify a child for specific accomodations that might be necessary within school or with national testing services in the future (such as the SAT, IB or A-Levels). 

Who should have an assessment?

A psycho-educational assessment can be beneficial for everyone, but it can be especially useful if a child is:

  • Unexpectedly struggling in school
  • Having difficulty learning a particular skill
  • Suspected of having a learning disability
  • Struggling emotionally or socially
  • Looking to qualify for testing accommodations (SAT, IB, or A-Levels)
  • Applying to a school that requires a psycho-educational assessment

What does the assessment measure?

In order to provide a complete picture, a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment will measure:

  • General intelligence (through, for example, an IQ test).
  • Specific areas of cognitive strength or weakness, such as visual memory, retrieval fluency, phonemic awareness, long-term memory, and so on.
  • Current academic levels,
  • Ability to sustain attention
  • Behavior
  • Social and emotional development

How should I explain the assessment to my child?

We all have strengths and challenges; discussing this with your child, as well your own strengths and weaknesses prepares them to talk about their own.

Talk to your child about:

  • The tasks they will do – such as puzzles and some school tasks like reading and writing.
  • Most of the tasks are short and interesting, but some might seem dull.
  • Let your child understand that by learning about how his or her mind works, they’ll be able enjoy life and school.

What else should I do to prepare my child?

It’s important that your child is comfortable at the assessment, so please make sure that:

  • Your child has a good night’s sleep before the assessment, and a good breakfast.
  • If your child is taking medication, please be sure that medication is taken on the day of the assessment and is consistent through the assessment process.
  • If your child is not feeling well, please call to reschedule the assessment.