Psychoeducational Assessment

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What is “psychoeducational assessment?”
Psychoeducational assessment, also called a “psych-ed,” is an evaluation designed to look at a child or adult’s general level of ability (“IQ”) and their level of academic skills. Individuals with learning disabilities typically have a difference between these areas. For example, someone with a learning disability in mathematics will typically have math skills which are well below their IQ.

A psychoeducational assessment can help to identify what specific learning difficulties are present so that appropriate treatments or accommodations can be put in place. For example, psychoeducational assessment can help determine if you or your child meets the criteria for a learning disability for school accommodations or adjudication on tests and exams. A psychoeducational assessment can also help to identify learning strengths and help to develop strategies to capitalize on them.

Do I need a “psychoeducational” assessment or a “neuropsychological” assessment?
That depends on what information is needed. In many cases, a psychoeducational assessment is sufficient to understand the underlying difficulties and determine appropriate accommodations and supports. In other cases, it is valuable to also look at memory and executive functioning (things like planning, inhibition, and multitasking).

During our initial interview we will talk with you about what specific concerns you have and what the purpose of the assessment will be. Based on that information and the presenting problems we will decide on what tests would be useful to administer and explain why we feel they would be appropriate. The important factor is that you will take part in the decision-making process.

Click here for more information on neuropsychological assessment.

Interested in talking with us about psychoeducational assessment? Please click here to email us or call us at 604-730-0808.
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