Psycho-educational Assessments

What is a psycho-educational assessment?

A psycho-educational assessment is a series of standardized tests that can provide useful information about a student’s functioning in a variety of areas including cognition, achievement, and social, emotional and behavioral functioning. Psycho-educational assessments at Building Bridges Counselling Services typically include the administration of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition (WIAT-III). The Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition (BASC 3) is also available.

At Building Bridges, psycho-educational assessments typically take 4 to 6 hours to administer and are completed over one or two days. They also include an intake interview to gather background information prior to the assessment, and a consultation to review the results of the assessment once completed. 

What is the purpose of a psycho-educational assessment?

At Building Bridges, psycho-educational assessments can be completed with children and adolescents (ages 6-16) in order to identify personal strengths and weaknesses and/or disabilities that may be impacting academic, social, and/or overall well-being. Information acquired through these assessments can assist in identifying strategies to improve academic achievement, reduce frustration related to learning, increase confidence, and improve emotional wellbeing.

Reasons for seeking a psycho-educational assessment.

·         To gain an understanding of a student’s strengths, weaknesses and learning needs.

·         To obtain recommendations for accommodations and remediation strategies to address a student’s needs.

·         If present, to obtain a diagnosis and/or code to inform an Individualized Program Plan.

·         To meet entrance requirements for schools that require psycho-educational assessments.

Psycho-educational assessments at Building Bridges Counselling Services involve:

·         An initial interview to gather relevant information related to the student’s presenting concerns.

·         The administration of standardized tests.

·         A consultation to review and explain the assessment findings.

·         A written report that includes background information, test results, clinical impressions, and      recommendations for strategies to support learning and enhance achievement. If a disability is diagnosed, appropriate educational program accommodations and possible interventions will also be provided.

 

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