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Psycho-Educational Evaluations

The purpose of a psycho-educational evaluation is to determine why a student is having difficulty learning and functioning optimally in school. These evaluations may be in response to an in-school evaluation that a parent does not agree with, or they may just serve to provide a more comprehensive assessment than what is offered in schools. With extensive training in school psychology, our psychologists are well-versed in special education law and qualification criteria for students in special education.

Process of Psycho-Educational Evaluation

Psycho-educational testing will usually begin with a comprehensive interview involving children, parents and teachers, depending on the type of evaluation. In addition to an interview, rating scales may be administered to these parties. Self-reports are also utilized when necessary and appropriate.

The evaluation will generally consist of an intelligence test administered to determine one’s ability levels in areas such as verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, memory and information processing. Academic achievement tests will also be administered to determine one’s ability levels in various academic areas such as reading, math, written language and oral communication skills. Social/emotional/behavioral referrals will include rating scales used to identify areas of concern or to determine the presence of symptoms that may lead to a clinical diagnosis. Each assessment is different. It is important that all information regarding the referral is communicated directly to the staff and psychologist, so they can determine the appropriate course of action.

Additionally, students in private schools may want more resources to learn about their cognitive strengths and weaknesses in order to optimize their learning abilities. College students may want a clearer sense of their own unique learning styles, so they can find the best strategies to help them achieve academic success. Each evaluation is designed to focus on and meet an individual’s particular needs.

Reasons for Psycho-Educational Evaluation

  • Learning disorder evaluation
  • IQ Testing
  • ADHD evaluation
  • Autism spectrum disorder evaluation
  • Special accommodations evaluation
  • Emotional & Interpersonal Issues
  • Adaptive/developmental evaluation

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