Why a psychoeducational evaluation?
We provide psychoeducational evaluations for individuals across the life-span to help determine if there are any possible processing concerns underlying difficulties functioning at home or school. Some individuals wonder if the difficulties they or their child are experiencing will resolve over time or if more immediate intervention or support is needed. If the difficulties have just emerged, then it is possible that environmental factors are having an impact on functioning and these will likely resolve once the environmental situation is different.
However, it is also important to keep in mind that the demands and expectations at school change over time, indicating that parents may observe an increase in concerns over time. In this case, the difficulties are not likely to resolve without support, but can actually worsen. One of the main reasons for not waiting is the effect that struggling in school can have on an individual’s self-esteem and self-image.
When to seek an evaluation
Some parents are not sure if and when they should pursue an evaluation for their child. Some indicators for when to seek an evaluation include:
- If your child is demonstrating behaviors (disruptive, withdrawn) that interfere with functioning
- If your child is struggling with homework, learning/retaining information, or studying more than seems typical,
- If you begin to observe self esteem concerns,
- If your child is failing to perform to expectations in school.
A common thread here is determining if your child’s functioning at home or school is being impacted.
When you do decide to have your child evaluated, you should expect to be able to learn if there is indeed a disability, disorder, or processing concerns affecting your child’s functioning, better understand your child, learn what strategies would be most helpful for your child, and receive a set of specific recommendations for parents and teachers.
Clients may also find helpful information in our Resources section.
What are the ages of the individuals you evaluate?
We are able to evaluate individuals between the ages of 2 years and adulthood. Younger children receive a developmental evaluation to determine functioning in a variety of areas, while adults often need evaluations for college level accommodations, or to determine how to cope with learning or information processing difficulties that are affecting their work situation. All evaluations are geared toward identifying individual strengths, and creating recommendations to build on strengths and overcome weaker areas.
What types of difficulties are you able to evaluate?
We conduct comprehensive evaluations that determine overall intellectual, academic and social-emotional functioning, and information processing. We then use this information to determine if an individual has a learning disability, autism, or other processing difficulty that is impacting functioning. Our team is also able to conduct evaluations to examine social/emotional functioning more specifically in order to determine if the individual is experiencing any emotional concerns that are affecting the ability to succeed at home or in school. Additionally, we have established a specific protocol to determine if an individual has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Are you able to provide counseling if this is a need?
We have psychologists and social workers on staff who are able to provide individual and/or family therapy for individuals in need of such service. Please see Counseling for more information.
Please also see our Clients section for more information on when to seek an evaluation.