A psychoeducational assessment is conducted by a qualified psychologist that investigates the learning potential and academic skill development of your child. It is common sense to assume that your teenager with average intelligence will be average for their age-group within maths and English domains. However, students often demonstrate that they have strengths and weaknesses in certain areas.
There are many reasons why educational assessments in Adelaide are beneficial for your teenager at year 10 level. In South Australia, this period is often seen as a transition year for students, and many schools provide special programs for students as this level to assist them with subject choices and study skills. Therefore, understanding their strengths and weaknesses at this stage is an important part of the process.
For example, if your child demonstrated through psychological testing that they were particularly strong in practical skills it may be that they would be better suited to selecting subjects and career choices that were “hands on” in nature. In year 10, students are often preparing for potential work experience opportunities which can be assisted if they are already aware of their own areas of strength.
Educational assessments can also answer specific questions regarding your child’s learning and academic success at school. For instance, you may have noticed that your child does poorly on exams and timed tests. You may feel that your child is underachieving and wonder why this is occurring. Educational assessments can assist the teacher to decide whether your child would be better suited to verbal-based or practical-based subjects and therefore determine the best learning style for your child.
In combination with this, psychoeducational assessments can determine in which subjects your child is likely to have success; this information will assist them with planning for relevant subject selection. It will also highlight if your child learns more effectively when information is presented either visually or verbally.
Lastly, psychoeducational assessments can be useful in determining if your child has any short-term memory issues or problems with the speed of processing information which is negatively affecting their learning. Learning difficulties assessments could identify that your child suffers from a specific learning disorder that could be affecting their process at school. If such is the case, recommendations can be provided to ensure that your child is provided with the specific assistance they require.
In summary, psychoeducational assessments can provide you and your child with invaluable information regarding their strengths and weaknesses which will greatly assist subject and career selection.