A psychoeducational evaluation offers a snapshot of a child’s current cognitive and educational functioning. The psychologist will need a thorough history of the child that includes medical, prenatal, and perinatal factors that can affect learning.

Psychoeducational testing helps describe how the brain and nervous system affect thought processes and behavior. Educators and school psychologists use psychoeducational testing to explain why some children have difficulty learning and processing language, or developing math, reading and other basic academic skills. Because a child or young adult with a neurologically related disability may not benefit from the same educational techniques as students with non-neurological disabilities, the application of neuropsychology in schools helps to ensure all students are served effectively.

Psychoeducational Assessment includes testing in the following areas:

  • Attention
  • Sensory Motor Development
  • Executive Functions
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Visual Spatial Processing
  • Academic testing in reading, writing & math
  • Emotional/Behavioral Assessment

Psychoeducational testing can identify a range of findings related to a student’s performance, including, but not limited to:

  • Neurodevelopmental Delays
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disability
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Speech/Language Disorders

Psychoeducational testing can help determine the specific accommodations, supports, and services a student needs to be successful in school/college.

Accommodations, supports, and services need to be identified for the following situations:

  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) Eligibility
  • 504 Plan Eligibility
  • Eligibility for Gifted Services – Gifted Testing
  • Specific Learning Disabilities – Math, Reading, and Written Language
  • Standardized Testing (i.e., AP tests, SAT, LSAT, GRE)

Certain abilities may be measured in more detail than others, depending on the child’s needs. A detailed developmental history and data from the child’s teacher may also be obtained. Observing your child to understand his or her motivation, cooperation, and behavior is a very important part of the evaluation.

Testing can explain why a student is having school problems. For example, a child may have difficulty reading because of an attention problem, a language disorder, an auditory processing problem, or a reading disability. Testing also guides professionals in determining interventions to draw upon your child’s strengths. The results identify what skills to work on, as well as which strategies to use to help your child.

Our practice follows the standards set forth by the American Psychological Association that oversee the use and interpretation of psychological and educational tests.