Psychoeducational Assessment

Theoretical Approach to Psychoeducational Evaluations

 

Comprehensive

We provide comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations that assess a multitude of factors impacting an individual’s ability to learn including attention, executive functioning, memory and learning, cognitive processing, language, visual-spatial functioning, and academic achievement.
 

CHC Cross Battery Approach

Our assessment philosophy incorporates the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) model of cognitive abilities.  Individuals possess strengths and weaknesses in various broad and narrow abilities that impact how they learn and interact with the world.  We analyze these strengths and weaknesses employing an approach called cross-battery assessment.
 
Cross-battery assessment involves administering subtests that are designed to measure the narrow abilities thought to impact the reason for referral and other identified areas of concern.
 

The Evaluation Process

 

Step 1

We begin an evaluation with a review of records and an intake interview with you to collect background information regarding your child’s developmental, medical, social, and academic histories.  We also discuss specific information related to the questions you hope the evaluation will answer.


Step 2

Next, generally we utilize a test of cognitive abilities that provides a measure of your child’s overall intelligence (IQ).  We then complete a thorough assessment of academic achievement that may include a core battery.  We also may evaluate other areas known to impact educational achievement such as attention and executive functioning.


Step 3

Depending on the results of the cognitive and academic testing, additional subtests may be administered to address identified areas of concern.  For example, if your child demonstrates difficulty with reading, select subtests assessing cognitive abilities known to impact the reading process may be administered.


 

Step 4

Your child participates in a clinical interview and completes measures of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.  Depending on the findings of these measures, additional psychological testing may be recommended.


Step 5

Finally, we integrate and summarize results from testing, rating scales, and interviews in a comprehensive report.  Because every assessment battery is individualized for each child, we provide an in-depth description of any diagnosis given and specific recommendations based on your child’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.

Step 6

We then meet with you for a feedback session to explain the findings and real-world implications of the results.  We are available to consult with your child’s school personnel regarding the findings.  Additionally, we offer academic coaching tailored to your child’s specific learning needs.