Psychoeducational evaluations provide an assessment of intellectual abilities and academic skills. They are useful in detecting learning disabilities, strengths and weaknesses, as well as emotional factors that may be impacting a child's ability to learn to his or her full potential. An evaluation can also inform specific recommendations geared toward a child's unique needs at home and at school, including educational planning.
A typical evaluation involves:
Interview with the parents/caregivers in order to clarify concerns and gather background information. Parents/caregivers may also be asked to complete rating scales pertaining to the child’s functioning.
A clinician interview with the child, and administration of tests of intelligence and academic achievement, as well as ratings of social, emotional and behavioral functioning.
Results and recommendations are compiled in a report, and a feedback session is held with the parents/caregivers. Feedback will also be provided to school staff to enhance their understanding of the child’s unique set of strengths and areas for continued growth.