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What does a Psychoeducational Assessment Evaluate?

It evaluates a child’s thinking and reasoning abilities in addition to academic achievement and behavior. 

Would a Psychoeducational Assessment be right for my child?

A psycho-educational assessment may be considered due to school and/or parental concerns about a child’s learning, attention, and/or behaviour at school. The goal of an assessment is to identify strengths and weaknesses so that these areas can be targeted through intervention or additional support. 

What to look for?

If you are noticing that your child is

  • starting to lose interest in school;  
  • expressing feelings such as being “bad in school”;
  • not wanting to put in effort anymore; 
  • expressing that the work is too hard.  
  • not grasping new skills as readily as one would expect;
  • disruptive in school;
  • inattentive at school;
  • not progressing

Please refer to our FAQ for more information.

What types of referrals are appropriate for ISE?

The clinicians at ISE are graduate students in School and Applied Child Psychology and Counselling Psychology programs who are applying their assessment skills under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist. 

The idea client is a school-aged child for whom there are questions about learning and their academic skill development.

A psychoeducational assessment involves clinical interviews, observations and administration of a variety of tests and rating scales to better understand how a child or a youth learns, processes information and functions emotionally and behaviorally. It is helpful to determine a student's strengths and areas of need in order to develop a plan to assist the child to succeed in school.

Your referral questions might include:

  • Does my child have a learning disability?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • Are my child's attention issues unusual for his/her age?
  • What are my teenager's academic and cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
  • What educational recommendations will be helpful for my adolescent who is just starting high school?

Parents will receive a full assessment report and participate in a feedback conference to review the results of the assessment and their educational implications. Please click on FAQ for more information.

Applications for ISE Psychoeducational Assessment Services will be screened to determine their appropriateness for the current practicum students. 

In the event that a referral is not appropriate for ISE, you may look for service providers that more closely align with your needs. You may want to visit the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) website for further information on service providers in your area. Click on “Referral Search” and fill in the information required. 

Please visit the Resources section of our website for more information about Community Services available to you and your family.



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