As parents, we strive to help our children as much as possible. Despite our best efforts, however, we may see them struggling in some areas.
These struggles may occur early in a child’s development, manifested as difficulty understanding directions, learning to read or managing social interactions. For others, the challenge may arise as a child progresses in age, whether it involves reading comprehension, completing tests in the allotted time period, attending to tasks or organizing tasks and materials. Check out Psychoeducational Assessment.
Despite the assistance, these struggles may persist, leaving parents, children, and teachers feeling frustrated or helpless. Under those circumstances, a psychoeducational evaluation may open the door to greater understanding of the child by everyone involved and help point the way toward solutions.
For Foreign Service families, in particular, such evaluations may help identify academic intervention and accommodations that may be necessary for children entering or continuing on in American and international schools around the world, as well as transitioning from one school to the other.
For FS children who are beginning to make the transition to college, evaluation can help identify accommodations that may be necessary in college. It can also help students prepare for higher education by identifying the ways in which they learn most efficiently.
What Is It?
Psychoeducational evaluation is a process by which a trained professional works with those involved in a child’s learning or development to identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses. Its goal is to enhance everyone’s ability to help the child be as successful as possible.
People involved in the process often include you, your child, your child’s teachers and, possibly, even your child’s pediatrician
WHY DO A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT?
The most important reason to pursue psychoeducational testing is clarity: Many young people wonder why they have difficulty with certain subjects, or why they have hit a “ceiling” with their performance when they feel they could do better. Having an assessment is the best way to address these underlying issues.
Testing can secure early intervention for school-aged children, so they receive support before learning problems adversely affect their academic careers. For young adults, testing can optimize learning and performance prior to entering very challenging learning environments (i.e., higher education) or the workforce. In all cases, testing will generate specific steps a young person can take to improve his or her level of achievement and make educators and employers aware of the need for special accommodations, if such a need exists. Check out the rolling machine.
ONE SIZE DOESNT FIT ALL
Choosing educational experiences that are right for your children may have important and long-lasting effects on their future success, self-esteem, and overall happiness. As early as elementary school (and sometimes earlier) it is possible to ascertain an accurate, comprehensive profile of a child’s intellectual strengths and needs. Using this information as guiding coordinates, parents can tailor a child’s education strategically, building on strengths while mitigating weaknesses.