As a parent, you may be wondering why your child is having a hard time in school, why learning does not seem to be coming easily to your child, and/or why your child is struggling to reach their potential. Or maybe a doctor or teacher suggested that you get an evaluation for your child.
In these kinds of situations (and many others), a psychoeducational evaluation may be the answer. Psychoeducational evaluations offer explanations for your child’s struggles and provide recommendations for specific interventions and/or accommodations to meet your child’s needs.
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
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.
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.