Psychoeducational Assessment Services

What is a psychoeducational assessment?

A psychoeducational assessment is a process in which a psychologist collects information about a student’s functioning, from a variety of sources, in order to better understand the student’s strengths and needs.

Psychoeducational assessments typically include standardized measures of intellectual functioning, academic achievement, and social/emotional functioning. Depending on the reasons for the referral, the psychologist may administer other measures related to memory, attention, language, or other relevant areas of functioning. Some of the information will come from talking with the child’s parents and/or teachers about the patterns of behaviour exhibited at home and at school. As well, information may be collected in the form of checklists or rating scales.

The goal of the process is to answer the referral question(s) and provide strategies/suggestions to support the student.

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Age Range

The ISE clinic provides assessments for school-aged children, including those transitioning into and out of K-12 schooling (approximately ages 5-20).

Time Frame

Typically, the assessment process takes between 6 & 8 weeks to complete.

This time frame ensures that student-clinicians receive appropriate consultation/supervision from the Supervising Psychologists throughout the process.

How does the assessment process work?

Once an academic term has begun, the Administrative Coordinator will contact each eligible family to book the five appointments for their assessment process. Please note that due to program constraints, all appointments are predetermined.


1. Intake Appointment (parent(s) only)

During the intake appointment, the student-clinician will provide you with detailed information about the ISE clinic, the assessment process, and informed consent. The student-clinician will ask questions to better understand the concerns you have about your child. The student-clinician and Supervising Psychologist will use this information to determine which specific assessments would best answer your referral questions.

Length: 1.5 hours

2. Assessment Sessions (child only)

A psychoeducational assessment involves clinical interviews, observations, and administration of a variety of tests and rating scales to better understand how a child learns, processes information, and functions emotionally and behaviourally. The purpose is to determine a student’s strengths and areas of need in order to develop a plan to assist the child to succeed in school. Three sessions will be scheduled for the test administration portion of the assessment.

Length: 3 hours per session

3. Classroom Observation

If you make a request, and the school administration/teacher agree to participate, the student-clinician may arrange to observe your child at school to better understand how he/she approaches academic tasks and interacts in the learning environment.

4. Feedback Appointment (parent(s) only)

The student-clinician, with the support of the Supervising Psychologist, will write a report and meet with for you to discuss the results of the assessment and provide recommendations.

Length: 1.5 hours

…this was a really great experience. Both the caregiver and the youth commented that they felt heard, that the process was pleasant, and the person conducting the interviews was friendly, approachable, and very professional. The caregiver felt the explanation was very thorough and appreciated hearing about the resources as well. 

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