If your child is struggling in school or anxious about going to school or if you would just like to understand your child’s learning profile, a psychoeducational evaluation might be helpful to enable you, teachers, and your child to understand his or her learning profile in order to develop realistic expectations.
Each person has a distinct cognitive profile characterized by strengths and weaknesses. These intellectual traits, as well as emotional and psychological features, inform the individual’s academic functioning. A full psychoeducational evaluation explores the child’s cognitive, academic, and psychological functioning in order to help determine what might be interfering with his or her functioning. In turn, this allows you to develop appropriate goals for your child.
The testing process is individualized for each child. No two are exactly the same. It might include: clinical interview with the parents (and the child, if high school-aged) to present a full developmental history and a detailed description of current functioning; observation of the child in one or more of his/her environments; document review of all old report cards and testings; the testing itself: cognitive, academic, and psychological; further tests in an individual subject area, if necessary; clinical observations during the testing; hand scoring of all testing; feedback interview to parents, explaining the testing in detail; written report and specific recommendations; and meeting to present the recommendations to the school. Students tend to enjoy the testing process and the individualized attention that they receive during the evaluation. We are available to continue to advocate for your child in his or her learning environment as long as necessary. We also try to train the parents – as well as the child him/herself – to advocate for their child.
When students have struggled in high school and are heading to college, colleges generally require an up-to-date evaluation in order to develop accommodations to serve their individualized needs in the college setting.
Sometimes, adults — especially adults who are continuing their education — are good candidates for an evaluation, as well. Adults might be looking for an explanation of old difficulties which had never been resolved, or they might be struggling handling work in a new environment, or they might suspect an Attention Deficit Disorder. The testing process can be arranged to serve the needs of adults of all ages.