A Psychoeducational evaluation is a process of using different tests, interviews, observations, and analysis of background information and reports to determine an individual’s learning strengths and weaknesses. A Psychoeducational evaluation is often recommended when a student struggles to work up to their full potential in some aspect of learning, such as reading, writing, arithmetic, memory, attention, organizational skills, time management issues, and processing speed. The evaluation should be tailored to each individual and used to answer the unique questions about that person’s learning profile. A psychoeducational evaluation is used in the diagnosis of learning disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, behavior problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and anxiety.
School observations are helpful when trying to identify and understand how differently a child may function within the context of a classroom. School consultations can be useful when brainstorming with staff on different strategies or when reviewing test data and how to best use information gathered during an evaluation to best help a child achieve academic success.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy stresses the importance of the way we think and how that impacts how we feel and act. Therapy is directed at changing one’s thoughts which in turn changes feelings and behavior. It is especially useful in treating anxiety and depression. It is typically short term in nature 12-16 weeks as compared to psychodynamic psychotherapy which can take years. Therapy typically involves an educational component with specific exercises done as homework.