Psychoeducational Evaluations 

The Psychoeducational Evaluation includes testing in three specific areas: academic skills, processing skills, and intellectual/cognitive abilities. This evaluation determines learning styles of the student, their academic processing, and cognitive strengths/weaknesses. The psychoeducational evaluation will assist in determining if a student is gifted, accelerated, age appropriate or has learning differences such as dyslexia. The evaluation may be used to identify Nonverbal Learning Differences as well as the presence of an Attention Deficit Disorder.  The evaluation may also assist in identifying traits of Autism.

The Psychoeducational Evaluation determines how a student learns, the best way to teach the student, and identifies academic, social and/or emotional programs that would further develop the student’s skills and improve individual needs.

Private Psychoeducational Evaluations are available.  Please contact us if you wish to schedule a consultation. 

What are Learning Disabilities? 

A learning disability is a disorder in one ore more basic psychological processes that may manifest itself as an imperfect ability in certain areas of learning, such as reading, written expression, or mathematics. The term "learning disabilities," sometimes referred to as specific learning disabilities, is an umbrella term that covers a range of neurologically based disorders in learning and various degrees of severity of such disorders.

Broadly speaking, these disorders involve difficulty in one or more, but not uniformly in all, basic psychological processes: (1) input (auditory and visual perception), (2) integration (sequencing, abstraction, and organization), (3) memory (working, short term, and long term memory) (2) output (expressive language), and (5) clumsiness or difficulty with handwriting. 

Learning disabilities are not emotional disturbances, intellectual disabilities (formerly termed mental retardation), or sensory impairments. They are not caused by inadequate parenting or lack of educational opportunity. 

Cognitive assessment, including psychoeducational evaluation or neuropsychological evaluation, is of critical importance in diagnosing a learning disability. Learning disabilities may be diagnosed by qualified school or educational psychologists, by clinical psychologists, and by clinical neuropsychologists who are trained and experienced in the assessment of learning disabilities.*

Why provide educational services or accommodations to individuals with learning disabilities? 

Learning disabilities are life long impairments that may impact all areas of an individual's life. It is important to provide services and accommodations that are required by law, not just because of the legal requirement, but also because providing these services and accommodations benefits individuals with learning disabilities and society overall by facilitating full participation in society by individuals with learning disabilities.*

 

*Source: Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)