A psycho-educational assessment is often initiated in response to concerns reported at school level about an individual’s cognitive skills, learning, attention and/or behavior. Psycho-educational assessments typically evaluate thinking/reasoning skills, underlying processing skills (i.e., memory, attention, executive functioning), academic achievement (i.e., math, reading, writing), social/emotional functioning and behavior.

The goal of a psycho-educational assessment is to identify the students’ strengths and weaknesses in all of these areas in order to determine appropriate interventions and/or support. Diagnosis is often the gatekeeper to services in elementary, high school, and colleges and university.

​The psycho-educational process has many steps, and may include all or some of the following:

  1. ​Intake (telephone)
  2. Clinical Interview with parents, child/adolescent or young adult and teacher when applicable (on site/phone for teacher)
  3. Testing (on site)
  4. Questionnaire completion (parent/teacher)
  5. Scoring and formulation
  6. Feedback to parents and/or young adult

DSM-5 diagnoses that may be identified include:

  • ​Specific Learning Disorder
  • Impairment in reading
  • Impairment in math
  • Impairment in writing
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • ​Communication Disorders

If you have concerns about your child’s school performance, please call. We can help.