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, colleges and university.
The psycho-educational process has many steps, and may include all or some of the following:
- Intake (telephone)
- Clinical Interview with parents, child/adolescent or young adult and teacher when applicable (on site/phone for teacher)
- Testing (on site)
- Questionnaire completion (parent/teacher)
- Scoring and formulation
- 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.