What is it?
A psycho-educational assessment provides parents, teachers, and allied professionals with specific information about a student’s strengths, challenges and unique learning needs. We can test students as young as five all the way up to adulthood. You’re never to old (or young!) to benefit from knowing how to best meet your individual learning needs.
Throughout the testing, students are screened for giftedness as well as a variety of learning (or related) disabilities. Included is a consultation on specific academic and behavioral recommendations. An important outcome of each assessment is a list of strategies and resources for helping students reach their true potential. The assessment includes a variety of interviews, questionnaires for the student, parents and teachers, as well as a series of testing activities. The exact nature and type of questionnaires and testing activities are determined by Dr. Roberts based on information gathered from parents and teachers.
Elements of a Psycho-educational Assessment
A standardized test of intelligence is used to provide an overall estimate of a student’s thinking and reasoning skills related to their levels of verbal comprehension, perceptual (or visual) reasoning, working memory, and processing speed and fluid reasoning.
A standardized test of both verbal and visual memory provides a detailed analysis of working memory.
A series of academic testing activities provide a profile of a student’s academic strengths and challenges. They provide both grade-specific and age-specific evaluations for the following areas:
- Reading speed, comprehension, sight word vocabulary, and word decoding skills
- Phonological processing
- Numerical operations and mathematical reasoning skills
- Spelling, sentence development, and written expression skills
- Oral language development, listening comprehension, and receptive vocabulary skills
A career assessment can also be included for secondary students and it may assist with course planning and post-secondary school selection. The CAI takes your workplace interests and compares them with other individuals currently in one of the 111 careers in their database. The instrument helps those seeking to attend post-secondary school and those not seeking to attend post-secondary school find a career geared toward their interests.
Grapho-Motor and Visual-Motor Integration Abilities
A standardized test of grapho-motor and visual-integration provides information related to a student’s fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, copying speed, and printing/handwriting.
Attentional, Executive and Behavioural Functioning Abilities
A variety of self, parent and teacher questionnaires provide information on a student’s attentional, psychological, and behavioral functioning.
A variety of self, parent and teacher questionnaires provide information on a student’s socio-emotional functioning and mental wellbeing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an assessment take?
A psycho-educational assessment consists of a series of appointments. The first appointment is the intake meeting with the parents and is 50 minutes long. The second is with the student and Dr. Roberts and is also 50 minutes long. The testing appointments are about 3-4 hours and are with the student and a psychometrist. The psychometrist works under the direction of Dr. Roberts to administer the tests. The final appointment is with Dr. Roberts, is 50 minutes long, and is typically 5 weeks after the final testing session.
At the final appointment Dr. Roberts will sit down with you and give you copies of the report and discuss with you the findings and recommendations. She will also speak with your child to give him/her feedback.
Is the cost covered by benefits?
Most benefits plans will offer psychological services. We recommend that you contact your insurer to find out what, and how much, is covered. We will provide you with an itemized invoice at the end of the assessment to provide to your extended medical insurance coverage.