Psychoeducational Assessment

What is a psychoeducational assessment and how can it help my child?

A psychoeducational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that provides insight into your child / adolescent’s unique strengths and challenges. It is ideal for children and adolescents looking to improve their school performance and address any learning issues they may be experiencing.

 

The assessment gathers detailed information about a person’s social / emotional, behavioral, intellectual and academic functioning, and can help to pinpoint areas of strength and areas needing support that are unique to each individual.
 

Such assessments can also help to identify developmental, learning, or attention-related disorders, as well as giftedness.

 

Psychoeducational assessments can be helpful by:

  • Documenting your child’s learning, cognitive, social, and emotional strengths and challenges to help inform school and treatment planning

  • Providing recommendations for academic, social-emotional, or behavioral interventions

  • Diagnosing learning, intellectual, emotional, and behavioral conditions

 

When is a psychoeducational assessment needed?

A psychoeducational assessment is usually recommended for children/adolescents if they:

  • Struggle academically and a Specific Learning Disorder is suspected

  • Are very bright and there is consideration that they may be a gifted student

  • Are delayed in development and an Intellectual Disability is suspected

 

*All assessments are conducted exclusively in English*

Neuropsychological Assessments

What is a neuropsychological assessment and how can it help my child?

A neuropsychological evaluation can be most helpful if your child or adolescent has a medical history that impacts their brain function. While many of the same tests are used in both psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations, a neuropsychological evaluation typically examines more cognitive domains to determine the effects (if any) of a medical/neurological condition on brain functioning.  

 

The focus is on understanding why a child is having problems at school or home. This is done by examining academic skills but also examining all of the thinking skills needed to perform well in and outside of school – skills like memory, attention, and problem solving.  

 

Understanding a child’s specific thinking strengths and weaknesses helps to better focus school plans and medical treatment and understand any potential areas of future difficulty.

 

Neuropsychological assessments can be helpful by:

  • Documenting your child’s learning, cognitive, social, and emotional strengths and challenges to help inform school and treatment planning

  • Providing recommendations for academic, social-emotional, or behavioral interventions

  • Diagnosing learning, intellectual, emotional, and behavioral conditions as they relate to a medical or neurological condition, or how they related to medical treatments/interventions your child may have had

  • Providing a baseline to monitor outcome of treatment or changes in development

  • Providing documentation needed to obtain school services

*All assessments are conducted exclusively in English*

 

Not sure which assessment is right for your child?

Dr. Vilija Petrauskas is happy to discuss with you whether a psychoeducational or neuropsychological assessment is more appropriate for your child/adolescent.

Office Location

Dr Petrauskas provides assessments at:

 

Cornerstone Child and Family Psychology Clinic

Suite 212 – 3195 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
V6H 3K2 

Hours of Operation

Dr Petrauskas provides assessments on Fridays from 8am – 5pm.

Contact Details

Tel: 604.230.7407

Fax: 604.565.6616

Email: dr.petrauskas@cornerstonepsychology.ca