Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a psychoeducational assessment helpful?

Managing and coping with complex learning difficulties can often leave individuals and their families feeling isolated and confused. The purpose of a psychoeducational assessment is:

  • To provide a unique perspective on the client's learning strengths and needs.
  • To identify any underlying conditions that may make learning more challenging for the client (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, intellectual disability, or other behavioural or social-emotional concerns).
  • To provide tailored, evidence-based suggestions to support the client at school, work, or in the home setting.

What is involved in a psychoeducational assessment?

  • Intake interview with client and/or parents/guardians​
  • Background questionnaires
  • Interviews with teachers (with parental consent)
  • Standardized psychosocial rating scales
  • A review of relevant school and medical documentation
  • One-on-one testing for approximately 4-6 hours total (across two-three sessions)
  • A formal, comprehensive report that may be shared by parents with school or relevant professionals
  • A feedback meeting to review the results of the assessment and any suggestions for consideration

How should we prepare for the assessment?

  • Gather any relevant documents – previous psychological assessments, reports from other interventions received (e.g., Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, academic interventions or tutoring), report cards from K-present, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), medical documentation of any diagnoses.
  • It is the parent's decision on when and how to explain the assessment to a child based on their age and level of understanding. A useful way to explain the assessment is by explaining that we are going to be detectives to find out how your brain learns. We will use lots of different activities, pictures, puzzles, and even some drawing. Being detectives gives the grownups an idea of how to best help you so that school is a less frustrating place.
  • Get a good night of sleep and eat a healthy meal before the assessment. Feel free to bring any snacks or drinks with you.

Are any fees for psychoeducational assessments covered?

At this time, psychological services are not covered by provincial health care.

  • Insurance - Fees are covered under several individual insurance plans. Check with your insurance company to determine what types of psychological services qualify under your extended health care plan. You can also ask your psychologist for more information
  • Income Tax​ - Psychological services are considered a tax-deductible medical expense. Your receipt can be used as an official tax receipt.
  • Post-Secondary - Post-secondary students may be eligible for grants that can cover a portion of the cost of a psycheoducational assessment. Please refer to Student Aid BC and Alberta Student Aid for more information.