Based on prior consultation which would have included an explanation of the child’s academic progress and behaviour, it is now suggested that a psychoeducational assessment be conducted. This may be useful in the identification of disorders if present and suggest whether educational eligibility is applicable for an accommodated, modified or inclusive curriculum. The type(s) of measures you/your child may receive include:
- Cognitive Testing – to assess overall intellectual ability, as well as strengths and weaknesses in verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.
- Memory Testing – to assess overall intellectual ability, as well as strengths and weaknesses in verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.
- Achievement Testing – may be in the areas of word reading, phonics, reading comprehension, written language, math reasoning and calculations, and academic fluency. Measures of oral language may also be obtained.
- Attention and Executive Functioning Testing – to assess attentional processes, along with any difficulties pertaining to initiation, sustained effort, emotional modulation, ability to monitor and self-correct, working memory, organization and planning.
- Diagnostic Interview and Developmental History – to obtain information about the examinee outside of the testing situation, and to obtain a comprehensive history to make a more reliable diagnosis.
- Behaviour Rating Scales and/or on-site behavioural observation at school to get a sample of behaviour which occurs outside the office setting.