WHAT IS A PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL
The goal of conducting a
psycho-educational assessment is to
provide information to parents and
educators about a student's cognitive,
academic, social-emotional, and/or behavioural strengths and weaknesses. Results from a psycho-educational assessment can be helpful in:
(1) determining whether the student meets criteria for a specific diagnosis (e.g., learning disability, 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 at home.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The parent (or legal guardian) provides consent for the assessment and the student provides assent.
Background information about the student is obtained through parent interview, review of the student's school file, teacher interview, and conversations with the student.
Depending on the case, the parent(s), teacher, and/or student will complete some questionnaires to assess the student's behaviour, social-emotional, and/or adaptive functioning.
If relevant, the student may be observed at school.
The student will attend approximately 2-3 testing sessions at Dr. Juliana's office where his/her performance will be assessed in different areas that can affect learning.
All the abovementioned information will be summarized in a written report and recommendations will be provided.
Dr. Juliana will meet with the parent(s) and student (if relevant) to debrief the assessment results.
The following is a breakdown of a psycho-educational assessment:
Initial Parent Meeting: 1-1.5hrs
Review of school file/school contact: .5-1hr
Testing: 5 x 1hr appointment
Scoring and Report Writing: 4-5hrs
The cost of a psycho-educational assessment varies depending on the type of assessment (e.g., cognitive and academic assessment only; cognitive, academic, and social, emotional, and behavioural assessment; or ADHD or anxiety assessment).
If you have extended health insurance, it is possible that a portion of the assessment will be covered under it. For post-secondary students with learning disabilities 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 a having your child receive a psycho-educational assessment, please contact Dr. Juliana at firstname.lastname@example.org.