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:

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Testing for ADHD: Is it Anxiety or ADHD?

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When testing for ADHD, it’s important to consider the role of anxiety in an individual’s life. Along with symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety are extremely common when focusing difficulties are in the picture.

What can vary, however, is the source of the anxiety. Is it ADHD that’s causing secondary symptoms of anxiety? Is it anxiety that’s causing focusing difficulties? Is it a fun combination of both?

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Watch Lisa Ling get Tested and Diagnosed with ADHD

Lisa Ling, an American journalist best known for her role as the host of “Our America with Lisa Ling” on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), recently decided to pursue an ADHD assessment after covering a segment on ADHD for her show.

As a prominent public figure, Lisa used her influence to show the world a glimpse of what it’s like to go through an assessment, and ultimately get a diagnosis as an adult...

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Testing for ADHD: Can concussions cause ADHD symptoms?

image The role of concussions in the world of ADHD is an interesting one; the answer to the question: Can concussions cause ADHD symptoms? then, is not necessarily a simple one.

Springboard Clinic recently had the chance to attend a talk called Mind Matters: From Concussion to Recovery, hosted by The University of Toronto’s faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education. While the talk was not specific to ADHD, it provided some great insight into our current understanding of the assessment and treatment of concussions.

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Testing for ADHD: Is it Depression or ADHD?

image Symptoms of depression commonly co-occur with ADHD and focusing difficulties. Because of this, testing for ADHD should always consider the connection between the two. Is it ADHD or is it depression?

For one, it’s important to know that symptoms of depression can often be secondary to unmanaged signs and symptoms of ADHD. If you’re consistently having trouble meeting your expectations, it makes sense that you may experience pretty significant feelings of discouragement and sadness...

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