What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?

Psychoeducational assessments (also known as “psych-eds” or “psychoeds”) are typically done when a child, adolescent, or adult is struggling at school (or sometimes at work). They are comprehensive evaluations that are intended to provide information on:

• How clients learn,

• Why they are finding school to be so challenging,

• Why their results may not be reflecting their efforts, and

• How they can be best supported at home and school.

What do psychoeducational assessments measure?

Psychoeducational assessments examine a range of areas of functioning that relate to school performance, including:

• Cognitive/intellectual functioning

• Academic skills (e.g., reading, written expression, oral language, mathematics)

And (as needed) . . .

• Memory

• Attention/concentration

• Executive functioning (e.g., planning, organization, decision-making)

• Perceptual and fine motor abilities

• Social, emotional, and behavioural functioning

• Adaptive functioning (daily life skills)

What do psychoeducational assessments typically include?

• Direct standardized testing

• Questionnaires

• Direct consultation with parents/caregivers and school personnel, and

• A review of relevant background information

What can you expect from a psychoeducational assessment?

• A feedback meeting to discuss results and recommendations

• A high-quality, easy-to-read and personalized assessment report

• An understanding of strengths and challenges

• Targeted recommendations to address identified concerns and foster strengths