Using standardized testing measures, a psychoeducational assessment offers an in-depth understanding of a child’s challenges and strengths and insight into why a child may be experiencing particular difficulties. This understanding provides the foundation for an effective treatment plan, including strategies to be applied at home, at school, and in the community.
Children are often referred for psychoeducational assessments to evaluate the following:
• Cognitive/Academic Development
• Social/Emotional/Behavioral Functioning
Although not an exhaustive list, assessments are designed to investigate the presence of the following clinical conditions:
• Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
• Depressive Disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
Psychoeducational assessments are often a required component of applications to schools serving unique learning needs, including giftedness and learning disabilities. Assessments can be used to identify the presence of the following learning requirements:
• Specific Learning Disorders
• Intellectual Disabilities
All assessments include an evaluation of cognitive and academic abilities, as well as parent/teacher questionnaires on social and emotional functioning, through several hours of testing, report-writing and feedback. Based on referral concerns, more specific measures are administered within the domains of social perception and communication, attention and executive functioning, emotional awareness and well-being, and basic literacy and numeracy development. A school observation may also be conducted.
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