PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

At Outreach, our Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals can conduct an assessment of how an adolescent learns. This process measures different types of reasoning, memory, and working efficiency. There are several steps in a Psycho-Educational Evaluation. The steps includes a background review, cognitive skills evaluation, academic testing, personality & emotional testing, and evaluation of observations to verify a diagnosis.

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STEPS IN A PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

There are several steps in measuring how an adolescent learns. A Psycho-Educational Evaluation measures different types of reasoning, memory, and working efficiency.

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BACKGROUND REVIEW

A background review of your child may include: child’s birth history, developmental history, medical history, academic history, social and emotional history, and family history. Areas of concern; and parent’s impressions of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

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COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT OF ABILITIES

A series of measures to determine your child’s learning; verbal and visual tests to examine verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning and certain types of memory, as well as speed of processing.  Our medical professionals also gain information from how children approach and solve problems.  Impulsivity and ability to solve complex tasks and problems are assessed.

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ASSESSMENT OF PROCESSING

These include speech and language processing, auditory processing and other forms of memory, attention, organization and visual-motor processing.

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ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC FUNCTIONING

Tasks involving reading, writing, spelling and mathematics are assessed for general academic skill; in many instances, academic fluency and efficiency are also measured.

ASSESSMENT OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL FUNCTION

In the process of understanding strengths and weaknesses in a child, it is important to examine not only their cognitive and academic functioning, but also their social and emotional functioning.
  For younger children, social/emotional and behavioral functioning is often assessed through parent questionnaires. As children get older, they may complete questionnaires assessing how they feel; and tests may be administered to measure how they cope.