A psychoeducational assessment can identify learning challenges in students of all ages, from young children to adults.
Learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, or depression can often stay hidden and impact a student’s performance and behaviour both in and outside of the classroom. If a student of any age is not achieving their full potential or encountering difficulties in the classroom, a psychoeducational assessment will identify the cause.
“Could do better”
Has your son brought home a report card with this written on it? At parent-teacher meetings, have teachers confided that your daughter isn’t achieving the results they feel she can deliver?
There are many factors that affect a student’s performance in school. Low grades or disruptive behaviour can be the visible signs of hidden challenges. Children suffering from low self-esteem, stress and anxiety or an un-diagnosed learning disability are often unable to recognize or explain these feelings to their parents and teachers.
A psychoeducational assessment identifies areas of strength and weakness in a student’s learning profile, and provides a deeper understanding of their educational abilities. It can also identify Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Disabilities, reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and mathematic (dyscalculia) challenges and other mental health issues (depression or anxiety) that can interfere with learning.
How do I know if my child has hidden challenges?
Students of all ages can face challenges inside the classroom. A psychoeducational assessment diagnoses the root cause of a student’s academic and behavioural issues, and identifies a plan for solving the problem.
Common signs of hidden challenges include:
- Low grades on report cards
- Disruptive behaviour or difficulty focusing during class
- Difficulty completing schoolwork on-time
- Feeling overwhelmed or anxious at school or during exams
- Not achieving results at full potential
- Bullying or rejection at school
Students facing one or more of these issues may have an un-diagnosed learning disability or other hidden challenges.
The hidden challenges checklist
The signs of a learning disability often become apparent at an early age, but change as students progress through school.
- Speaks later than classmates
- Often unable to find the right word to express themselves
- Has trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colours
- Easily distracted, has difficulty following directions or a routine
Grades K – 4
- Confuses basic words (run, eat, want)
- Makes consistent reading and spelling errors
- Confuses arithmetic signs (+, -. X, /, =)
- Slow to learn new skills, relies heavily on memorization
- Unstable pencil grip
- Trouble learning about time
Grades 5 – 8
- Reverses letter sequences (soiled/solid, left/felt)
- Hates to read aloud
- Has difficulty making friends
- Struggles in writing essays or stories
- Learns at a slower pace than their classmates
Highschool, Post-Secondary and Mature Students
- Difficulty completing homework and major assignments on-time
- Difficulty organizing and writing longer essays
- Poor understanding of basic math (multiplication, division)
- High levels of stress and anxiety during and after school
Reading and writing form the foundation of a student’s academic aptitude. An un-diagnosed learning disability can have a long-term effect on a student’s future academic performance.
Ilan hated going to school, and his teachers complained that he was being disruptive in class. After an assessment at JVS Toronto, he realized he had a learning disability. With the help of JVS Toronto, his mother Susan was able to work with Ilan’s school teachers to overcome his challenges in the classroom and ensure that his disability did not get in the way of his success.
How does a Psychoeducational Assessment help students improve their grades?
A psychoeducational assessment will diagnose a student’s learning or behavioural challenges, identify if a learning disability is present, and provide clear recommendations on using their strengths to improve their academic performance.
Psychoeducational assessments identify:
- Educational needs
- Areas of strength
- Learning aptitudes, information processing, academic skills and other influences on school or work success
- Challenges including Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety and Depression
- Specific factors that may be interfering with your learning or occupational success
A psychoeducational assessment also provides the necessary documentation for seeking educational accommodations from schools or employers. Educational accommodations are designed to help students manage their challenges and achieve their full potential.
Common academic accommodations include:
- More time to complete tests and exams
- Access to a laptop and specialized software (Word to Text, etc.) in the classroom
- Access to audiobooks for course texts or material
- Option of having multiple choice tests or exams
- Taking tests or exams in a quiet or private supervised environment
- More frequent breaks from class
- Breaking up work or assignments into smaller components
How long does a Psychoeducational Assessment take?
In order to create a full understanding of a student’s learning and behaviour profile, our assessment process is split across three half-day sessions.
Before the first session we send you a background questionnaire to complete at home. You will bring the completed questionnaire to your first session, which will provide the starting point for the assessment process.
Each assessment follows the same process, but the specific tests given during the assessment are customized to the unique needs of each student.
Cognitive & Behavioural Testing
We examine how your child reasons and solves problems, and test their memory and organizational skills. We also examine mental health for signs of anxiety, stress or sadness. These assessments will show us how your child thinks and “gets things done”.
These tests are designed to discover academic abilities such as reading, writing and math. This session determines specific learning strengths and challenges compared to other students of the same age.
Feedback and Review
We review the results of the tests with you, and give you the opportunity to provide feedback to the assessor. Our team will arrange a separate session to explain the tests results to your child in a way they can understand, and will also answer any further questions you may have.
Each report is completed five weeks after the second session and contains the complete results of your psychoeducational assessment.
At the end of session 3, you will have:
1. A clear understanding of your child’s academic strengths and challenges
2. A diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD or developmental disability if present
3. A list of recommended accommodations to seek from schools
4. An action plan for improving academic performance
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment
An ASD assessment for children, adolescents and adults can identify both strengths and challenges associated with ASD such as social communication difficulties.
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
- An in-depth interview
- Review of assessment results, diagnosis and referral resources
Identify areas of strength and weakness in a student’s learning profile. Improve academic performance and access educational accommodations.
- Academic profile
- Diagnosis of hidden learning challenges
- Identify and recommend specific accommodations to improve performance
Understand your learning and employment profile with a complete psychological assessment that is designed to help you make realistic decisions about educational, training and career options.
- Psychological profile
- Academic profile
- Skills and aptitudes profile
- IQ and intellectual assessment
To know if a Psychoeducational Assessment is the right choice for you or your child, call our office today:
Our offices are open between 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.
A short conversation over the phone with our team will identify if an assessment is suitable for you. Bookings are made only after we’ve identified the your needs and circumstances.