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Parents often become aware of PEA's when their child's school has observed that the student may have cognitive issues, learning disabilities and/or other social behavioral issues and recommends or requests an official assessment. People have different strengths and weaknesses; a psychoeducational assessment identifies those strengths and weaknesses, and the results of an assessment will create a learning plan to best support an individual's goals in school and life. A psych-ed assessment is administered by a Registered Psychologist, and they use standardized tests, observations, interviews, and school records to develop a complete perspective of an individual's academic and cognitive abilities.
Early Intervention with a Psychoeducational Assessment
Psychoeducational assessments are valuable for people at any age because the learnings can be applied throughout life. However, we would like to emphasize the importance of early intervention. Psychoeducational assessments can start as early as 3.5 years of age. There are other assessment tools available for younger children, and they can test social skills, behaviors skills, and fine/gross motor capabilities. For example, autism assessments can start as early as 13 months.
Having a very young child who is experiencing difficulty at school is distressing for parents as well as for the child. It can affect the whole family, including siblings. When a teacher calls a parent to discuss concerns about their child’s slower than anticipated academic skill development, feelings of anxiety and stress quickly follow.
Early Signs of A Learning Problem
Children who have a history of delays with early development are more likely to struggle with learning when they are school aged. Did your child exhibit early language delays, such as developing speech after the age of 3 years; or have fine motor delays, such as reluctance to colour, difficulty with using scissors, tying shoe laces or doing up buttons; or were they always on the go or seeming to have difficulty paying attention even for short periods of time.
When might you consider having a psychoeducational assessment completed?
Your child could benefit from a psychoeducational assessment if they struggled to learn letter names or letter sounds, if they had speech difficulties, if they struggled to learn numbers, if printing numbers and letters was difficult, or if there were difficulties in learning the names of shapes or colours. Teachers may also note that your child needs more time to meet curriculum expectations, your child needed one to one assistance to complete work, your child was not paying attention when the lesson was taught, or they needed more space around them so as not to disturb their neighbours.
The Benefits of A Psychoeducational Assessment
Helping Students to Continue Excelling
Individuals often wait until behavioral problems arise or when grades are affected. A Psychoeducational report can support students who are already excelling. By setting achievable goals, and by identifying effective learning strategies, good students can get even better!
People Can be Gifted in Diverse Ways
The traditional education system rewards a specific set of skills, and it does a great job of measuring those skills. However, some skills aren't encompassed by our K-12 curriculum. Emotional skills, behavior and creativity can be measured in a psych-ed assessment, but they are not always measured in our K-12 curriculum.
Understand How To Support Problem Areas
A psychoeducational assessment will identify problem areas, and these problem areas may have been unknown prior to the report. When you identify a problem, you can begin addressing it, so students, teachers, and parents will be better equipped to support psychoeducational deficiencies after a report has been prepared.
What You can Expect From a Psychoeducational Assessment
In total, a psychoeducational assessment takes about 20 hours to complete. The timeline consists of an information gathering session with parents or guardians, observations conducted by school personnel, testing by a qualified psychologist, and behavior and personality assessments. Personality assessments are only completed for Adult assessments.
Timeline of a Psychoeducational Assessment
What is Included in a Psychoeducational Report?
an IQ &/or cognitive function
grade level performance vs achievement
behavior &/or social skills
variety of recommendations based on your child's strengths and weaknesses
You'll receive a 15-20 page hard copy comprehensive report about the Psychoeducational Assessment. When appropriate, a diagnosis may be provided that aligns with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders- 5th Edition (DSM-V) and Special Educational Coding Criteria. These reports provide a better understanding of your child's learning style, so they can be better supported by teachers and parents.
*Please note, there may be times when additional testing may be recommended that may not be covered in a psychoeducational assessment. Further testing may be recommended by your psychologist.
The Disabilities That a Psychoeducational Assessment Can Help Diagnose
Dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia are examples of some of the learning disabilities that psychoeducational assessment can help diagnose. When appropriate, a diagnosis may be provided that aligns with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders- 5th Edition (DSM-V) and Special Educational Coding Criteria. For a more comprehensive list, see this help guide. People can also struggle with language, social, and communication skills, and the extent to which someone struggles with those skills can be identified in a psych-ed assessment.