A Psychoeducational assessment is administered to students in primary, high school or those planning or attending further education at college or university. While a psychological assessment investigates the emotional characteristics of a client, the psychoeducational is specifically related to the learning and behavioural characteristics to understand how a student learns and processes information. These professional tests will identify learning difficulties, ADHD and other behavioural characteristics.
Students may present with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Learning difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Emotional problems
- Low self-esteem
- Attention concerns
- School refusal
- Poor social skills
- Academic delays
- Social problems
- Poor organizational skills
The psychoeducational assessment helps us understand the student’s current level of functioning, as well as their potential level of functioning. It also helps us understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses so we can develop a plan to help the child succeed in the classroom.
There are two major sets of tests; measuring cognitive ability (intelligence) and academic tests (reading, oral reading, writing, math skills and others). On observation during testing or evaluation of these test results, other tests may be administered to look further at auditory processing, learning and memory functions, executive functions, social skills or specific academic skills.
The assessment and report will identify learning difficulties, strengths/weaknesses and any mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD or autism. Follow up will include guidance for parents to seek school accommodations or suggested methods to meet the individual needs of their child.