What is the evaluation process like?
A psychoeducational evaluation is an investment in your child. It is an evaluation process used to determine your child’s abilities and how he or she learns best. Standard psychoeducational evaluations typically include a test of intelligence, information process testing, and achievement testing. My evaluations go beyond basic and also include a measure of self-esteem, testing for dyslexia and, if the child is in middle or high school, often times learning strategies.
Since I am a school neuropsychologist, I often use neuropsychological measures such as the NEPSY II or Delis- Kaplan Test of Executive Functioning. The use of these tests depends on what questions parents want me to answer.
My evaluations are based on identifying strengths as well as areas of need. I make sure the child knows his/her strengths. This is important because by the time parents bring their child to me, the child may not feel good about school or themselves. I want to change this perception.
Throughout my evaluations I gather information from parents, teachers, the child, and through my observations while working with him or her. Once the evaluation process is complete, I meet with parents to discuss the results and recommendations as well as create an action plan of key steps to take. My recommendations are based on quality, not quantity of recommendations provided.
I also follow up with parents long after the evaluation process to make sure the child is on the right track.
After the evaluation is complete, you’ll know your child’s abilities, academic levels, and how he/she processes information. You’ll also know how they feel about themselves and school. You’ll leave with answers to your questions!