A Psycho-educational Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation typically performed by a psychologist to provide detailed information on how a child learns, their strengths and learning challenges, why they are having difficulty at school, and how their specific learning profile can be best supported at home and at school. Assessments typically include a combination of direct standardized tests (e.g., tests of cognitive/intellectual functioning, academic achievement), observations of the child, questionnaires, a review of background information (including a review of report cards), interview with parents, as well as obtaining collateral information from parents, teachers, and/or other educational/health professionals. The purpose of the assessment is to acquire a full picture of your child’s functioning relating to their school performance, which includes their
cognitive/intellectual functioning, academic skills, attention/concentration, executive functioning (e.g., planning, organization), fine motor abilities, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning, and adaptive functioning (daily life skills). The assessment may identify or diagnose learning difficulties/disabilities, intellectual delays, ADHD, or giftedness and will provide recommendations on how to best support your child’s unique learning profile.