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Psychoeducational Assessments

Psychoeducational assessments are currently available for clients ages 6 to 17 and are designed to assess cognitive, academic, and socio-emotional functioning. We recommend considering a psychoeducational assessment when students are experiencing significant challenges at school that impact their ability to learn, interfere with their ability to take or pass exams, adversely affect their emotional and/or social wellbeing, or generally interfere with their ability to perform up to their full potential in the school environment. These assessments are often used to inform school-based support or interventions, such as 504 plans or IEPs. The assessment process starts with an intake appointment, in which the psychologist gathers information from the client and their family about current difficulties. As part of the information gathering process, the student’s teachers are often asked to complete some measures to provide a more complete picture of how these  difficulties impact the student in the school environment. These evaluations typically involve multiple meetings with the psychologist; early meetings are devoted to test administration and information gathering, and follow-up meetings are dedicated to providing feedback and clinical recommendations to the student and caregivers. The feedback session is used to provide the child/adolescent and parents specific feedback and clinical recommendations based on the test results. 

What to Expect from a Psychoeducational Assessment: 

  • A 1 hour intake appointment to gather history of presenting problems and to discuss the purpose of psychoeducational testing

  • A review of previous testing records and/or mental health treatment

  • Administration of a standardized tests to determine difficulties related to school performance and psychological problems. Tests are selected by your provider based on individual needs and may include:

    • Tests of cognition abilities or academic achievement (e.g., WISC-5, WCJ-IV-ACH)

    • Evaluation of ADHD, learning disorders, and/or executive functioning tests (e.g., CPT task, etc.)

  • Collateral interviews or self-report questionnaires for parents and/or teachers (e.g., Vanderbilt parent assessments for ADHD)  ​

  • Scoring/Interpretation of test results by your assessment provider

  • A feedback session which includes an assessment report with your results and personalized recommendations based on these results

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