A psychoeducational assessment has many benefits, such as assisting the parent in determining if their child suffers from a Specific Learning Disorder (reading or maths), or if they have an Intellectual Disability which is affecting their ability to read write or complete maths-related tasks. It can also be useful in determining giftedness or behavioral issues such as attention deficit disorder.
An educational assessment is often required when your child struggles with reading, spelling or writing. Perhaps they have trouble with numbers, time, symbols or maths equations. They may have difficulty sustaining attention or concentration, or it may be evident that they are unable to retain information at school or in the home setting; perhaps they are unable to remember more than one or two instructions at a time.
I often recommend a WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – 5th Edition), which provides important insights into the learning profile of children six years and older, and a WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-2nd Edition). These combined tests provide a good overall indication of a student’s cognitive ability and academic achievement levels.
The discrepancy of the test scores assist in providing a diagnosis/reason and plan of treatment for your child. The most common conclusion with an educational assessment is that a child has an average intelligence and is significantly below average in achievement, i.e. spelling, reading or maths. Other psychological tests are also commonly required to determine a specifi learning disorders; a dyslexia test may be administered for a child who exhibits difficulties in reading, for instance. An ADHD assessment may be administered for a child with attention issues.
However, the most important reason for conducting educational assessments is to develop specific recommendations to assist your child’s progress within the school and home setting. As part of this process, one of the most important issues for the children and parents is to discover that their child’s struggles in the school system are not because they are “lazy”; rather they may just need to learn differently than others in the classroom. Children with learning difficulties often suffer from a lack of confidence. Counselling is often recommended to help individuals understand that they are not “stupid” or “lazy”—they simply learn differently!
So, if you believe your child may benefit from an educational assessment, please get in touch with me at Waterman Psychology Services to ensure that everything is done to improve your child’s learning difficulties and capacity.