Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluations

A full psychoeducation evaluation provides a comprehensive learning profile of the individual. They are used for children, adolescents and young adults (from 6 years and up) who are experiencing learning, developmental, behavioural and/or emotional challenges. A comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation consists of cognitive or intellectual functioning, academic performance, visual-motor and fine motor skills, language, attention and emotional functioning. This helps to determine the child/young person’s strengths and weaknesses and to develop a plan of action to overcome presenting concerns.

37921568_10160584845290175_5182727273622536192_nThis process requires numerous contact hours. An assessment includes detail history-taking with parents/guardians. Often, other family members, who know the child well, may be asked to participate.  Information is also obtained from the child/young person’s school and teachers. School reports, prior assessments, medical information and other relevant documents regarding the child/young person are reviewed. One-on-one individual sessions with the child/young person are broken into many appointments. Scoring and interpretation of testing data and analysis is done. A feedback session with parents/guardians is done to provide information, analysis and recommendations and to ensure that parents/guardians understand the results. A written report is completed which include observations,  results and recommendations. Sometimes a feedback session with the child/young person and school visits are done. Follow up visits are also usually done.

Why do a psychoeducational evaluation?

  • To understand the individual’s learning profile i.e. strengths and weaknesses
  • To confirm or rule out diagnosis in development, learning, attention and behaviour e.g. intellectual disability, dyslexia and other learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder etc.
  • To get recommendations on how to improve weaknesses or help with disorders e.g. remedial classes, therapy, medical intervention
  • To develop an overall plan of action to overcome presenting challenges
  • To provide concessions or accommodations e.g. special seating, extra time, reduced workload, short breaks
  • To help with overall success and positive future

Having and educational assessment done is an investment in your child’s education and future. Early diagnosis and intervention improves prognosis and helps with achieving success. Educational assessments can be done from as early as 6 years old.

Submitted by: Lena Jogie

Lena Jogie is a Clinical Psychologist in Trinidad and Tobago offering confidential services in psychoeducational assessments, mainly in children and young adults. Her interests are in promoting awareness and education, and sharing her experiences. This is the first of four articles she will be sharing through Social People.


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