Should my child have psychoeducational testing?
"Will my child ever stop struggling with reading assignments?"
"His teacher says he's doing fine, but I just know there is something going on that I can't put my finger on...."
"Why is my child having difficulty fitting in with his peers?"
"How come my child can't pay attention to anything for longer than a minute?"
If these type of questions resonate with you, psychoeducational testing may be an avenue to consider. A psychoeducational assessment will help answer your questions about your child, how he or she learns, what his or her strengths and weaknesses are, and how to support him or her moving forward.
To get the most value from psychoeducational testing, the purpose of the assessment needs to be clear and directed, targeting areas for possible diagnosis and intervention. The assessment should address your concerns, providing recommendations in such a way that you know what to do -- and how to do it -- as you receive the results.
Psychoeducational testing can be done within the public school system or in a private practice. At the Center for Developing Minds (CDM), the psychologists who conduct these assessments are Licensed Educational Psychologists, which means they are credentialed school psychologists who have been licensed to practice in the private sector. Concurrently employed as school psychologists in public schools, they have unique knowledge of the intricacies and how to navigate that system. So, when the CDM LEPs conduct private assessments they provide recommendations that can be carried forth successfully, utilizing good collaboration with the child's school team.
Whether the student is in public or private education, the CDM psychologists guide and direct families to useful community resources that they feel would greatly benefit the student, and provide strategies and supports for families to carry out at home. They make every effort to gain a holistic understanding of a child through standardized assessment, grades, interviews, observations, rating scales, and any other necessary information, providing you with answers, intervention tips, and supports that are targeted to your student in an individualized action plan.
If you would like more information about the psychoeducational testing process, in both the public and private sector, please join educational psychologist, Jana Parker, at the clinic on February 16th, 2017, at 7pm. That evening she will host a CDM child development chat,
"Should my child have psychoeducational testing?", which will include an in-depth discussion and question and answer session. The chat is free-of-charge and will provide information that will help parents gain clarity regarding the testing process in both sectors, identify concerns about their children and whether assessment may help, and inform other professionals in the community about the scope and practice of CDM's expert psychoeducational testing.