SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE A PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT?
Making the decision may be the hardest part of the process.
If you are experiencing changes in your child, keep a close eye on him or her. Changes can be caused by any number of factors; an isolated incident may just need monitoring. If the change in behavior or academic performance is consistent, considering an assessment is beneficial.
Listen to feedback
Monitor your child’s interest and change in academic abilities via feedback from their teachers. Are they misbehaving in class? How is their performance? Are they simply losing interest? There are many things parents and educators can try before opting for an evaluation.
Look for changes
Disruptive? Avoiding work? Distracted? A change in classroom behavior may be indicative of learning or attentional difficulties; from a lack of understanding, unable to appropriately navigate certain social environments or perhaps even boredom. A psycho-educational assessment can help to uncover the underlying issue.
Use our decision flow chart
To help with your decision, refer to our Psycho-Educational Assessment Decision Flow Chart to ensure you’re on the right track. Ask yourself the right questions.
- Informative, helpful, safe and fun.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of a good assessment is not just to find what may be wrong with a person, but also what is right.
- Road map. Parents and teachers can better understand your child, using the assessment to maximize his or her gifts and to strengthen or accommodate for his or her areas of weakness.
- Provide helpful and specific recommendations for home and for school.
- Child-centered. Children should understand the purpose of the assessment, enjoy the process, and participate in a discussion of its results.
- Debriefing. The child and his or her parents go over the results with the psychologist. Results are explained to the child in positive and age-appropriate terms.
- Confidential. The assessment belongs to the child and parents, and they should feel confident that results will not be shared with anyone without their specific request.
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, A-Levels etc)
- Applying to a school that requires a psycho-educational assessment
Parents meet with one of our specialists to discuss the assessment, sharing background information and concerns. We will ask relevant questions to provide us with insights into the child’s functioning in a variety of settings.
Conducted over a minimum of 6 hours spread over 2 days. Our interactive tests measure general intelligence factors, specific cognitive abilities, academic levels, attentional control, and social and emotional wellbeing.
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 & DEBRIEF
Our reports provide a comprehensive picture of the child with useful recommendations for home and school. We meet with the child, parents (and teachers if required) to explain the results. Parents will be provided with strategies to address problem areas, as well as how to continue to support areas of strength.