Psychoeducational assessments provide a unique perspective on a child's areas of learning strengths and needs using cognitive, academic, behavioural, and social-emotional assessment. An assessment can confirm conditions that may be interfering with learning (e.g., a learning disability, intellectual disability, ADHD, giftedness, or related mental health concerns). The assessment provides practical evidence-based recommendations to tailor a child's education so that they continue to build on their strengths, compensate for areas of need, and build new skills. In the school setting, a psychoeducational assessment is an important piece of the puzzle when determining a student's eligibility for a special education designation or access to additional supports.
Psychoeducational assessments for post-secondary students and adults are helpful for obtaining appropriate accommodations in school or the work place (e.g., additional time to write tests, the use of assistive technology for reading or writing). These assessments identify disorders related to learning such as learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or ADHD. Post secondary students may have access to grant money to cover the cost of the psychoeducational assessment. Adults who experience challenges with the activities of daily living, or those living with Intellectual Disabilities, also benefit from assessments to determine qualification for programs such as AISH/PDD (Alberta) and PWD/CLBC (British Columbia).
I am available on a consultation basis. For example, I can meet with your child's school team, or with your support services team, to provide an explanation of psychoeducational assessment results and recommendations for success.