What is Psycho-Educational Assessment?
Psycho-educational assessment consists of intelligence, achievement, and a variety of other tests that are administered to determine ones strengths and weaknesses in functioning while simultaneously accounting for neuropsychological factors. Through psycho-educational assessment, one can determine if they meet the diagnostic criteria for diagnoses such as learning disabilities (LD) or Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD /ADHD).
How can testing help me or my child?
Because psycho-educational testing looks at one's strengths and weaknesses in ability as well as in academic functioning, the results of these tests help psychologists work with you to create an optimal learning environment for you or your child. Once testing is complete, psychologists can recommend a variety of accommodations to be used in the academic setting, such as extended time on tests, books on tape, note-taking assistance, distraction reduced setting, etc. These recommendations would be based solely on the results of the test data, clinical interview, and collateral information provided by teachers, friends, co-workers, or family members. If LD and/or ADD /ADHD are identified and addressed early on in one’s academic experience, this can make a world of difference in their level of achievement as well as their self-confidence in school and goals for the future.
What does testing for learning disabilities consist of and how long will it take?
LD testing consists of the administration of a clinical interview to identify your reported areas of strength and weakness as well as to determine the background /nature of the problem. During this interview, we also address other possible reasons for difficulty in learning, such as brain injury, side-effects of psychotropic medication, etc. The next step is the administration of intelligence tests and achievement tests. Finally, I will score these tests and meet with you for a results session during which we will discuss your strengths and weaknesses. At this time, I will also discuss my recommendations which I feel will help you to meet your potential. You will receive a report with all the test results, interpretation, and recommendations about 3 weeks after your results appointment. If the report is needed, sooner, this can be arranged. On average, testing usually takes about 10 hours, but this varies on a case by case basis depending on individual factors such as processing speed.
What does testing for ADD /ADHD consist of and how long will it take?
Testing for ADD /ADHD is similar to LD testing in that some of the tests that are administered are the same, but the areas on which psychologists focus their attention are different when assessing for these 2 different diagnoses. When assessing for ADD/ ADHD, the focus weighs heavier on areas such as working memory and information processing as well as tests of fluency. Also, an integral part of assessing for this diagnosis is a thorough clinical interview addressing when the problem began and how it presents in various settings. Collateral information such as questionnaires which are completed by family members, peers, co-workers, and teachers provide valuable information as well as interviews with these individuals regarding how client’s symptoms present in various settings. Once the testing is complete, the tests are scored and a results session is arranged in which test results are explained and recommendations are made. Just as in LD testing, you will receive a report with all the test results, interpretation, and recommendations about 3 weeks after your results appointment. If the report is needed, sooner, this can be arranged. On average, testing usually takes about 10 hours, but this varies on a case by case basis depending on individual factors.