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Reasons to Undergo Psychoeducational Evaluation

Do you suspect your child, or another family member may have a learning disability?  If so, talk to their teacher or school counselor to determine if they would benefit from a psychoeducational evaluation. Unless properly and professionally tested, whatever questions you have about your child’s lack of abilities will remain unanswered.

 

It is understandable that such testing can be intimidating. In fact, many parents have a hard time accepting the possibility that a child may have a learning disability.

 

According to a research by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, 35% of parents have serious concerns about whether they can cope with a child’s learning issues and 31% of them have conflicting feelings about it.

 

Some 34%, however, are optimistic about their ability to cope with their kids learning disabilities.

 

Whichever spectrum you belong in, it is important that you see psychoeducational testing for its positive impact. Think of it as nothing more than a physical examination, and help your child to see it the same way.

 

Purpose of Psychoeducational Evaluations

 

A Psychoeducational evaluation is a comprehension assessment of a student’s functioning in areas that impact their learning and academic abilities. They are conducted to help determine if a child has a learning disability and what type of learning disability that may be negatively impacting their academic performance or ability to learn; or if another issue or emotional concern may be interfering with the learning process.

 

These evaluations help diagnose the type and nature of the learning disability, and help determine how to best intervene to mitigate the impact of it on the student’s learning.

 

Psychologists use different tests and assessment tools to carry out the evaluation.  These tests assess various components of learning depending on the suspected type of disability.

 

If a child shows symptoms or is suspected to have a learning disability, different tests will be carried out. Think of it as an X-ray or a blood test that the doctor ordered to get a deeper and clearer understanding of what’s causing the symptoms.

 

Psychological Tests and Assessments

 

Norm-referenced tests

The test used are norm referenced, which means they are standard testing measures that are used to evaluate test-takers in a similar way every time they are administered regardless of where they live and who handles the evaluation process. These tests are developed, and evaluated by researchers to prove their reliability, validity, and efficacy as a tool for measuring a trait factor or disorder.

 

Psychological assessment

This involves many components, including administration of norm-referenced tests, as well as a review of observational data, school and medical records, and informal tests and surveys. They also carry out a clinical interview for the purpose of understanding how a client reasons, thinks, and interacts with other people. One part of the interview looks into a client’s concerns and history while the other part involves an interview with people close to the client, such as family members and teachers.

 

Psychological evaluations are not to be feared. Parents should think of them as a means to help their children become better and succeed in school and life. There is nothing shameful about evaluations either. What is embarrassing is the inability to help yourself and your child by failing to take advantage of the available tools and strategies designed to help.

 

Psychoeducational Evaluations for Learning Disabilities

Diagnosing a learning disability can be a complex process that includes the administration of a number of different assessment measures. This type of evaluation is usually conducted by a clinical psychologist or educational psychologist. The evaluation assesses various aspects of each disability, depending on the specific disability that needs to be determined.

 

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