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, 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 at home.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The parent (or legal guardian) provides consent for the assessment, and the student gives assent.
I conduct a parent interview to gather background information about the student, review the student's school file and any other relevant documents, interview or ask the teacher to complete a school questionnaire, and interview 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.
The student will attend approximately two testing sessions at my office, where the student's performance will be assessed in different areas that can affect learning. A qualified School Psychologist/Assessment Clinician and I will conduct the standardized testing.
I will interpret the results and summarize all the abovementioned information and provide recommendations in a written report.
I will meet with the parent(s) and student (if relevant) to debrief the assessment results.
I may also attend school meetings if requested (at an additional cost).
The following is a breakdown of a psycho-educational assessment:
Review of documents (e.g., background questionnaire, school records, other collateral information): 50 minutes
Initial parent meeting: 50 minutes
Testing: 5 x 50-minute appointments (scheduled on 1-2 days)
Scoring and report writing: 4-5 hours(2-4 weeks)
Feedback: 50 minutes
Additional services (e.g., additional testing session, separate parent intake or feedback meeting, phone calls, written correspondence, school meetings, travel time): Session rate ($225/50-minute session)
The cost of a psycho-educational assessment varies between $2,700 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 (adaptive functioning evaluation if necessary)
ADHD assessment (children and youth only)
If you have extended health insurance, a portion of the assessment may 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 me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details of psycho-educational assessment, please see RESOURCES