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. Once you contact us via email (contact@drjuliana.ca) or phone, we will call you to gather information about your current concerns with your child's functioning, explain the assessment process, and answer any questions you may have.

  2. If you decide to go ahead and book the assessment, we will email you forms for you and your child's school to fill out. We will also request other documents, such as a copy of your child's report cards. At the time of booking, you will be asked to pay an initial services fee that will be deducted from the total cost of the assessment.

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

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

  5. The student will attend approximately two testing sessions at the clinic (2-3 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). 

  6. We will score, interpret, and summarize the assessment results in a written report and include any potential DSM-5 diagnoses or BC Ministry of Education designations as well as provide recommendations.

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

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

  9. 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:

  • Initial services (e.g., scheduling, sending forms, review of documents): 1 hour (Fee due at booking)

  • Initial parent meeting: 1 hour (Fee due at session)

  • Testing (session preparation, cognitive and academic testing, interview, rating scales): 4-6 x 1-hour appointments (Fees due at session)

  • Scoring, interpretation, and report writing: (capped at) 5 hours (Fees due at feedback meeting)

  • Feedback meeting: 1 hour (Fee due at session)

  • 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 $2,700 and $3,150, 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.

AVAILABILITY

We are currently booking assessments in the Fall.

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

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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.

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