top of page
Image by Unseen Studio

What is Involved in Completing a Psychoeducational Assessment?

After you have reached out, you will be contacted to discuss your concerns and determine if an assessment will best meet your needs.  If you decide to continue, an evaluation can be scheduled.  Each assessment generally involves four appointments: one session for an intake interview, two individual testing sessions, and a feedback meeting.  

Intake Interview. The intake interview is a 1 to 1.5-hour, semi-structured interview (virtual or in person) with the psychologist.  This is typically a parent-only session, though it may be appropriate for an older student to be included in some cases. The primary focus of the meeting is discussing the student's developmental history, academic history, and current concerns, as well as answering any questions regarding the assessment process.  


Parents are encouraged to bring any previous assessments or reports they may have (e.g., previous psychoeducational assessments, speech and language assessments/reports, occupational therapist reports, and school support plans) as well as pertinent report cards.  It is also helpful and saves time if parents can bring the email addresses of any teachers and specialists they would like included in the assessment process.   


Direct Testing Sessions. The psychologist will then meet with the student for direct testing. This part of the assessment is usually accomplished over two sessions, that typically last for 1.5 to 2.5 hours each, depending on the client's stamina. Testing includes the administration of various standardized tests that assess intellectual capacity, academic skills, phonological processing, language, memory and attention.  Ipads are used for many assessment activities, which is appealing to most children and youth.  Breaks are offered throughout testing as needed.   Click HERE for more information about the testing appointments. 


Report and Recommendations. This is the behind-the-scenes portion of the assessment process where the psychologist scores and interprets results from all the assessments administered. Based on test results, interviews, and questionnaires, the psychologist produces a comprehensive, diagnostic report summarizing and explaining the findings. In addition, the report will make meaningful recommendations to help remove barriers and make learning at school easier and more enjoyable for the student. This report is frequently used to assist teachers in creating an individualized learning plan or obtaining academic accommodations. In some situations, families are eligible to apply for funding as well.  


Feedback Conference. The purpose of the final meeting is to review the results, consider recommendations, and answer questions. You will be provided, and have full ownership of a copy of the assessment report that you can share with whomever you choose.

bottom of page