Psycho-educational Evaluations at Heritage are used to diagnose learning disorders, learning differences, highlight areas for growth, and are used to obtain academic accommodations from educational institutions. A full psycho-educational evaluation gives the client information about several aspects of themselves including attention and concentration issues (including ADHD evaluation), intelligence, achievement level, and emotional symptomatology. The full battery consists of an intelligence test, achievement test, ADHD assessment, and emotional assessment. Depending on scores of the achievement and intelligence tests, additional tests are given to fully flesh out deficits in reading, writing or math. Additional tests that may be incorporated include the Key Math 3, the Gray Oral Reading Test, Nelson Denny Reading Test, and the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing.
Depending on scores of the achievement and intelligence tests, additional tests are given to fully flesh out deficits in reading, writing or math. Additional tests that may be incorporated include the Key Math 3, the Gray Oral Reading Test, Nelson Denny Reading Test, and the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing.
Common diagnoses include ADHD, specific learning disorders in reading, math, or writing, dyslexia, and processing speed disorders. Each evaluation includes recommendations on how to improve in problem areas and resources for better understanding the diagnosis. Additionally, 504 accommodations are suggested if warranted.
Common academic issues may include:
Early speech and language delays
Poor performance in one specific area or subject
Poor reading comprehension
Difficulty remembering basic math facts
Difficulty putting their thoughts into writing
Difficulty remembering what he or she has studied
Poor performance on tests despite the fact that they have studied
Difficulty finishing work or tests in the allotted time
Difficulty identifying what information is important when they read or study material
Difficulty with long-term projects or follow-through
Poor attention in class/excessive daydreaming
In the first hour, the parent and child will each be given a form to fill out that pertains to the child’s focus, impulse control, social skills, time management and energy level. The therapist will gather information from the parents and the child individually to gain a better understanding of the child’s functioning. The parent will be given a separate form to take to the child’s homeroom teacher to fill out and send directly back to the therapist. Then the child or client completes the full battery of tests over the next few hours. During the feedback session the psychologist will go over the results as well as provide clinical and academic recommendations. Parent(s) and/or client as well as the referring physician will receive a copy of the report.