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 diagnosis (e.g., learning disability, intellectual disability, gifted) and qualifies for special education services;

 

(2) identifying other reasons that may cause poor performance in schools 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. The parent (or legal guardian) provides consent for the assessment and the student provides assent.

  2. Dr. Juliana conducts a parent interview to gather background information about the student, reviews the student's school file and any other relevant documents, interviews or asks the teacher to complete a school questionnaire, and interviews the student.

  3. 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.

  4. If relevant, the student may be observed at school.

  5. The student will attend approximately two testing sessions at Dr. Juliana's office where his/her performance will be assessed in different areas that can affect learning. Dr. Juliana or a qualified School Psychologist/Assessment Clinician will conduct the standardized testing. 

  6. Dr. Juliana will interpret the results and summarize all the abovementioned information and provide recommendations in a written report.

  7. Dr. Juliana will meet with the parent(s) and student (if relevant) to debrief the assessment results. 

  8. Dr. Juliana may also attend school meetings if requested (at an additional cost).

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

 

  • Initial Parent Meeting: 1hr

  • Review of school file/school contact: .5-1hr

  • Testing: 5 x 1hr appointment (scheduled on 1-2 days)

  • Scoring and Report Writing: 5-6hrs

  • Feedback: 1hr

 

The cost of a psycho-educational assessment varies between $2,500 and $3,200 depending on the type of evaluation. Below are some of the options:

  • Cognitive and academic assessment only

  • Cognitive or academic assessment 

  • Cognitive, academic, and social, emotional, and behavioural assessment (adaptive functioning evaluation if necessary)

  • Gifted assessment

  • ADHD assessment (children and youth only)

  • 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 having your child receive a psycho-educational assessment, please contact Dr. Juliana at contact@drjuliana.ca. For more information on psycho-educational assessment, please see RESOURCES

Email: contact@drjuliana.ca

Address: St. Johns Health and Wellness Center

2226 St. Johns Street 

Port Moody, BC V3H 2A7

Fax: 604.936.1666

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