School Age Children
Ages 6 – 16
The purpose of a psychoeducational assessment is to help determine a child’s learning profile, including their strengths and needs, so that recommendations relevant for educational planning can be suggested. Students are usually referred for assessment because they are either struggling academically or underachieving in one or more areas of the curriculum.
The assessment process involves gathering relevant information about a child’s developmental, health, and educational history and administering and interpreting norm-referenced tests. Informal assessment and behavioral observations of a child during testing are also used to gather information about how the child learns.
Testing time will vary depending on the child and the types of tests that need to be administered. Usually testing sessions would take place over a series of appointments.
When the assessment has been completed, an in-depth report will be written outlining the assessment findings. A summary of results and recommendations will be included in the report.
The following areas may be assessed but the choice of tests used will depend on the reason the child was referred:
Academic achievement such as reading, spelling, mathematics, written expression
Thinking and reasoning skills
Visual perceptual skills such as discrimination, memory, and spatial skills.
Auditory perceptual skills such as phonological skills, memory, and ability to under stand spoken language
Memory, short-term and long-term for verbal and visual information
Motor skills such as eye-hand coordination and printing/writing skills
Behavioral and emotional functioning including attention, anxiety, depression
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