A psychoeducational evaluation is a process by which a trained professional works with those involved in a childâ€™s development or learning to identify the childâ€™s strengths and weaknesses. The goal is to enhance everyoneâ€™s ability to help the child be as successful as possible.
Why Test/When to Test:
If your child continues to struggle in certain areas despite classroom accommodations/additional help being provided, it is likely valuable to seek a psychoeducational assessment. Additionally, some signs that your child would probably benefit from a psychoeducational evaluation include:
- A progressively worsening attitude toward school.
- Persistent disruptive behavior in class, and/or a failure to learn essential intellectual, social, or behavioral skills appropriate for his age group.
What does the evaluation involve?
A psychoeducational evaluation includes an assessment of cognitive or learning abilities, an assessment of the childâ€™s skill in academic areas such as reading, writing, and math, and sometimes an assessment of social-emotional and behavioral functioning.