PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

WHAT IS A PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL

ASSESSMENT?

The goal of conducting

a psycho-educational assessment is to

provide information to parents and

educators about a student's cognitive, 

academic, social-emotional, behavioural,

and/or adaptive functioning strengths 

and weaknesses. Results from a psycho-

educational assessment can be helpful in:

 

(1) determining whether the student meets criteria for a specific school designation or DSM-5 diagnosis (e.g., specific learning disorder, intellectual disability, gifted) and qualifies for special education services;

 

(2) identifying other reasons that may cause poor performance in school, such as difficulty with attention or memory, or social and emotional concerns;

 

(3) developing strategies based on the student's individual needs to be implemented at school and home.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Dr. Juliana will provide a 15-minute phone consultation (free of charge) to gather information about the current concerns with the student's functioning, explain the assessment process, and answer any questions you may have.

  2. Before the first meeting, a parent will complete a background questionnaire, give informed consent for the assessment, and provide a copy of the student's report cards.

  3. The student's school file and any other relevant documents, including a school questionnaire completed by the student's teacher, will be reviewed.

  4. We will conduct a parent interview to gather information about the student's developmental and learning history and discuss any other concerns you may have.

  5. Depending on the case, the parent(s), teacher, and/or student will complete additional questionnaires to assess the student's behaviour, social-emotional, and/or adaptive functioning.

  6. The student will attend approximately two testing sessions at the clinic (2-2.5 hours each), where their performance will be assessed in different areas that can affect learning. A masters-level assessment clinician will conduct some or all of the standardized testing (depending on the case). 

  7. We will score, interpret, and summarize the assessment results in a written report and include any potential DSM-5 diagnosis or BC Ministry of Education designation and accommodations and recommendations.

  8. We will discuss the assessment results at a parent feedback meeting scheduled within 2-4 weeks after testing is completed.

  9. You will receive a written report that explains the assessment results and recommendations in detail in a password-protected PDF electronic file.

  10. If requested, we may attend a school meeting to share the assessment findings (additional cost).

The following is a breakdown of a psycho-educational assessment:

 

  • Review of documents (e.g., background questionnaire, school records, other collateral information): 1 hour

  • Initial parent meeting: 1 hour

  • Testing: 4-6 x 1-hour appointments (scheduled on 1-2 days)

  • Scoring and report writing: 4-5 hours(report completed within 2-4 weeks)

  • Feedback meeting: 1 hour

  • Additional services (e.g., additional testing session, separate parent intake or feedback meeting, phone calls, written correspondence, school meetings, travel time): Charged at the $225/hourly rate

 

The cost of a psycho-educational assessment varies between $2,500 and $3,100, depending on the type of evaluation.

 

Below are some of the options:

  • Cognitive and academic assessment only

  • Cognitive, academic, and social, emotional, and behavioural assessment 

  • Cognitive, academic, and adaptive functioning evaluation

  • Cognitive, academic, and executive functioning evaluation 

  • Gifted assessment

  • ADHD assessment (children and youth only)

  • Anxiety/OCD assessment 

If you have extended health insurance, a portion of the assessment may be covered under it. For post-secondary students with a specific learning disorder who require updated testing, grants are available through the BC government.

DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

 

If you would like to know more information about the process and fees involved in having your child receive a psycho-educational assessment, please contact our team at contact@drjuliana.ca. For more details of psycho-educational assessment, please see RESOURCES

COVID-19 UPDATE

We are following the guidelines for physical distancing and hygiene procedures as well as using a plexiglass window and wearing masks during the psycho-educational evaluations. Please note that most of the assessment requires minimal contact because the activities are conducted via iPad.

St. Johns Health and Wellness Center

2226 St. Johns Street 

Port Moody, BC V3H 2A7

Email: contact@drjuliana.ca

Phone: (604) 200-3812

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