Psychoeducational Assessment: Helping your child to achieve his or her academic potential


Written by Dr. Rebecca Moore, C. Psych.

Most kids struggle in school from time to time, whether it's difficulty mastering fractions or learning to read.  How do you know if your child's difficulty is just a bump in the road or whether it is a sign of something more serious, like a learning disability or adhd? Your child may need a psychological assessment to achieve optimal success in academic settings.

How do you know if your child might need an assessment?
An assessment may be needed if:
  • Your child is falling significantly behind classmates
  • She or he seems to understand a concept one day but then forgets it later in the day or the next day
  • Teachers have shared concerns that something may be getting in the way of your child reaching his or her potential
  • Your child consistently resists school work or shows other signs of emotional or behavioural difficulty
What is a psychoeducational assessment?

A psychoeducational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s intellectual functioning that focuses on identifying the factors that affect your child’s school performance. Both children with learning and behavioural difficulties and children who are academically talented (gifted) might benefit from this type of assessment. For example, an assessment can identify the underlying attention and memory factors that may contribute to learning problems with reading, writing, and math. An assessment identifies your child’s strengths and intellectual, academic, school functioning and/or behavioural needs.

Psychoeducational assessments are conducted by psychologists who have received extensive specialized graduate level training in test administration and interpretation. As the process is comprehensive, a typical assessment takes approximately 6-8 hours. Test interpretation and report preparation requires additional clinical time.

How can a CFIR psychologist help my child achieve optimal success?

CFIR psychologists provide comprehensive psycoeducational assessment that pinpoint your child’s learning strengths and challenges. The information obtained from our rigorous testing process is consolidated into a formal report that is provided to you. CFIR psychologists will provide you with practical recommendations for successfully managing intellectual, attentional, learning, behavioural and/or social emotional differences that block your child from achieving his or her optimal potential in an academic setting. Your CFIR psychologist will then explain all test results to you in understandable terms. Your child's school can use then use the information and recommendations from the report to help your child perform better at school.