Educational Psychological Assessment
As a parent, you work very hard to provide your child with opportunities for them to succeed. Sometimes your child’s current progress at school might not be going as planned. Unfortunately, this leaves many parents in a state of worry, frustration and uncertainty. Quite often, this stress about your child’s progress at school can cause unnecessary pressure and a breakdown in the relationship with your child. This often makes the whole family feel helpless, frustrated, a little lost or even feeling that they might have done something wrong.
The difficulty when considering your child’s progress at school is that there are so many factors that can influence their learning. These factors can include their emotional wellbeing, undiagnosed learning difficulties, behaviours, even lack of sleep etc. It can also be a combination of various factors. If not investigated, it can lead to unnecessary conflict, self-blame and frustration.
As an educational psychologist, I am passionate and driven to help people live up to their full potential and designing the lives that they want. Therefore, I regularly use educational psychological assessments to help my clients and family systems to figure out what are the potential obstacles to their success.
What is an educational psychological assessment?
An educational psychological assessment is a formal assessment process that measures various skills related to a person or a child’s educational and psychological areas of functioning. During this process, I use a variety of formal (standardised) and informal (qualitative) assessments to answer the questions my clients might have about their child’s functioning.
More specifically, part of this global assessment process is to measure a client’s various domains of functioning. In other words, I try to find any factors that might influence a person’s scholastic progress. Therefore, I don’t just measure the educational and psychological domains but rather anything that might affect it. Like, for instance, emotions, social functioning etc.
As part of the testing process, I aim to gather as much information as possible. For this reason, I ask a child’s teacher(s) and parents to complete forms related to a child’s developmental background, behaviours and academic progress.
The educational psychological assessments itself occurs typically over two days and takes about 5 hours. It is essential for me to establish a good working relationship with my clients before the assessment process starts. So often, the first few minutes of the assessment is used to build rapport and to make sure the person being assessed is comfortable.
What will the results of an educational psychological assessment provide?
After the assessment process, you are provided with a psycho-educational assessment report. Some school systems call it a global assessment report or an educational psychological assessment report.
The assessment report provides an understandable and logical analysis of the measured skills to answer the questions for the report. Together with the analysis of all the measured skillsets, interventions are recommended. The purpose of these recommendations is there to hopefully improve the difficulties identified through the assessment process.
Together with the results, another aim of the educational psychological report is to provide more clarity and an understanding of the challenges your child might be facing. The report will also offer suggestions that can be implemented at home and at school. If your child is consulting with other professionals like a speech therapist or occupational therapist, it can also help guide their current therapy interventions.
If you feel that your child might benefit from an educational psychological assessment contact me to book the appointments or call me if you would like to find out more.