Psychoeducational Assessment

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What is “psychoeducational assessment?”
Psychoeducational assessment, also called a “psych-ed,” is an evaluation designed to look at a child or adult’s general level of ability (“IQ”) and their level of academic skills. Individuals with learning disabilities typically have a difference between these areas. For example, someone with a learning disability in mathematics will typically have math skills which are well below their IQ.

A psychoeducational assessment can help to identify what specific learning difficulties are present so that appropriate treatments or accommodations can be put in place.

Do I need a “psychoeducational” assessment or a “neuropsychological” assessment?
Well, from my perspective, a psychoeducational assessment IS neuropsychological! Neuropsychological assessment is about the way the information gathered from testing is looked at. As a result, a psychoeducational assessment gives me neuropsychological information - information about how your brain processes and problem-solves. However, a more thorough neuropsychological evaluation can give much more information than a psychoeducational evaluation. Click here for more information on neuropsychological assessment.

So, is a psychoeducational assessment enough?
That depends on what information is needed. For example, psychoeducational assessment can help determine if you or your child meets the criteria for a learning disability for school accommodations or adjudication on provincial exams.

Typically, my evaluation of you or your child will start with an initial interview to talk about what specific concerns you have and what the purpose of the assessment will be. Based on that information and the presenting problems I will decide on what tests would be useful to administer and explain why I feel they would be appropriate.

In some cases, a psychoeducational assessment may be “enough.” In my experience, however, it is valuable to also look at memory and executive functioning (things like planning, inhibition, and attention). The important factor is that you will take part in the decision-making process.

Interested in talking with me about psychoeducational assessment? Please click here to email me or call me at 604-730-0808.