What Are Psycho-educational Assessments?

Psycho-educational assessment is an umbrella term which may encompasses various different types of assessments which are undertaken for different reasons.

These assessments are most often recommended by teachers, and may include school-readiness assessments, barriers-to-learning assessments, assessments needed in the application to schools and education departments for concessions / accommodations, subject choice & career choice assessments.

More often than not teachers recommend assessments to establish whether barriers to learning may be present. Barriers to learning refer to anything that may be preventing children from achieving to their potential.

As such, it includes learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADD / ADHD, etc but is a much broader term in that it may also include emotional difficulties.

Why Does My Child Need to be Assessed?

Psycho-educational assessments are required in any of the following cases:

  • To determine whether a child will be able to cope with the demands of formal schooling (school ready)
  • To determine why a child is struggling at school (screening for barriers to learning) and how best to help the child
  • In application for a concession (such as extra time during the exams, oral exams, etc)
  • To help teenagers and young adults make decisions with regards to subject choices and career choices

What are the Different Types of Assessments?

The types of tests used during an assessment will vary from psychologist to psychologist and will also depend on the reason for the assessment.

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Most types of psycho-educational assessments include an Aptitude assessment (IQ test). If appropriate a battery of scholastic tests are also employed both to measure and to analyse reading, writing, spelling and mathematical ability. Visual and Auditory perception is tested and with young children mastery of specified concepts (shapes, colours, etc) upon which later learning will build is assessed.

Most assessments include an emotional screening to determine what is happening in the emotional and social context in which the child functions. Career choice and subject choice assessments also include a test of interest as well as a personality test.

The tests used are usually standardised, which means that the child’s performance can be compared to that of other children his or her age.

Benefits of Educational Assessments

Many parents worry that getting a psycho-educational assessment means there is something wrong with their child. This is a myth, plain and simple.

A psycho-educational assessment is a way to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses in many different areas. Not only are these insights empowering but also act as a roadmap for ensuring your child learns and develops to their full potential.

Knowing which natural strengths you should help your child to develop is important to improving their happiness and quality of life in the future.

Additional key benefits of psycho-educational assessments are:

  • Setting realistic academic expectations according to your child’s strengths and relative weaknesses or challenges
  • Identifying what strategies, tools, and resources will maximize their learning
  • Determining the most effective academic environment and study strategies for their individual learning style.

How Long Do They Take?

Test times will vary depending on the tests used, the child’s work speed and each psychologist method of assessment. Usually a good portion of the day needs to be set aside for each test.

Contact each Educational Psychologist for more information when booking.

What Do They Cost?

Fees differ for each professional and type of assessment. For more information please visit our fees page.

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