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What to ask before booking a Psychoeducational Assessment

If you’re looking into a psychoeducational assessment for yourself or your child, there are certain things to consider before taking the plunge.

First of all, what is a psychoeducational assessment? One definition (among many available online) states that it is an “estimate [of] an individual’s abilities and educational achievement levels.” In an nutshell, this means that it is a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in several domains – including cognitive ability, academic achievement, information processing, and more.

What else should you know before booking a psychoeducational assessment? Below are 5 questions to ask before committing to anything:

  1. Who will be conducting the testing? Only a psychologist can formally sign off on a psychoeducational test, so the testing would need to be conducted by, or under the supervision of one.
  2. What type of tests will be conducted? Similarly, what will the assessment be looking for?
  3. Does the report include recommended accommodations for work/school? An assessment should be considered a stepping stone to moving forward. Find out how the clinical team approaches recommendations and accommodations so you know what sort of support will be offered when all is said and done.
  4. What happens after the assessment? This question is similar to the one above. Getting a diagnosis is only the first step to getting help. Find out if they provide follow-up support once your assessment is complete. Better yet, can you continue to work with the assessment team for treatment?
  5. Is there any help with funding? Private insurance and OSAP can be potential sources of financial support for an assessment, so find out if the clinic can help with this. Otherwise, you’re looking at anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

Getting a psychoeducational assessment can be an expensive but worthwhile investment. We hope these suggestions will help you make an informed decision.

For more information about psychoeducational assessments, check out:

ADHD Assessments vs. Psychoeducational Assessments: What’s the difference?

Should I get an ADHD Assessment or a Psychoeducational Assessment?

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