psychoeducational testing

You may be wondering why your child is having a hard time in school or maybe you suspect that your child has ADHD. A doctor or teacher may have suggested that you get a psychoeducational evaluation for your child. If so, you likely have questions about what a psychoeducational evaluation is and how it may be helpful to your child. We provide answers below to frequently asked questions about psychoeducational evaluations.

What are the goals of psychoeducational testing?

  • To obtain information about your child’s learning style and academic strengths and weaknesses
  • To assess for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD) and/or executive functioning deficits
  • To test for learning disabilities, such as Reading Disorder/Dyslexia, Disorder of Written Expression/Dysgraphia, Visual-Motor Integration Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Math Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder
  • To document the need for accommodations in school or on standardized tests
  • To document eligibility for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan
  • To develop individualized recommendations to promote academic success
  • To explain behaviors such as inattention, poor organization, hyperactivity, low motivation, homework struggles, impulsivity, or low frustration tolerance
  • To understand poor school performance and/or academic decline

What does FamilyFirst’s psychoeducational testing include?

  • Intelligence testing (i.e., IQ test)
  • Achievement testing in reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Attention and executive functioning testing
  • Memory testing
  • Visual-motor integration testing
  • Behavioral and emotional screening
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals working with your child (e.g., pediatrician, speech therapist, etc.)
  • Review of previous test results, report cards, writing samples, etc.

The psychologists at FamilyFirst believe that each child is unique. Rather than using a “cookie-cutter” method in which every child is given the same set of tests, we tailor the assessment process to answer specific questions about your child’s unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. Through our evaluations, we are committed to providing you with answers and detailed recommendations for how to address the issues your child is facing.

Can FamilyFirst help us share results with my child’s school?

After a psychoeducational evaluation has been completed, some parents may seek additional school consultation services in order to share results and recommendations with their child’s school and/or discuss eligibility for academic accommodations. In general, school consultation services promote collaboration with educators to address your child’s learning, emotional or behavioral difficulties. Specific consultation goals may include advocating for your child’s educational needs (e.g., implementing school accommodations, IEP, or 504 Plan), developing a behavior plan for use at home and school, and/or facilitating communication among various professionals working with your child.