Psychoeducational Assessments

We provide Psychoeducational Assessments for children, adolescents and adults.

What are Psychoeducational Assessments?

A psychoeducational assessment identifies areas of strength and areas of need with respect to academic and cognitive functioning.  A psychoeducational assessment can be used to identify a learning disability, an intellectual disability or giftedness.  A psychoeducational assessment is often recommended when a child is experiencing academic, socio-emotional or behavioural difficulties at school and the school and caregivers are interested in understanding the underlying cause for these difficulties.

What to expect from a Psychoeducational Assessment?

A psychoeducational assessment involves a clinical interview with the child and his/her caregivers, an interview with one or more of the child’s teachers, observations and testing.  While the process is individualized depending on the need of the child, testing generally includes measures of ability, achievement, memory, emotional functioning, attention, behaviour and motivation.  Measures of cognitive ability include assessment of intelligence, planning ability, language, attention and concentration.  Measures of academic skills include assessment of reading, mathematics, writing, spelling, oral expression and listening comprehension.  Once the clinical interviews and testing is complete and has been interpreted, a feedback interview will be held, during which the psychoeducational assessment findings and any recommendations will be discussed.  This is also an opportunity for the client to ask any questions about the psychoeducational assessment process and findings and to ensure that they understand the outcome of the assessment.  The report will provide recommendations that can be implemented in the school, in the home and in the community, if appropriate.

How a Psychoeducational Assessment can help?

  • Diagnosis: understand learning profile (including learning style, academic strengths and weaknesses, influence of any behavioural or socio-emotional issues on learning), identify the presence of any learning disability (e.g. verbal and nonverbal), giftedness (e.g. IQ testing) or intellectual disability.
  • Assist in Developing Educational or Remedial Programs: to improve academic skills (e.g. reading, mathematics, writing, spelling, oral expression and listening comprehension), working memory and concentration (e.g. through Cogmed training), as well as study skills and test- or exam-taking strategies.
  • Recommend Accommodations: at school (e.g. to be utilized by a school board’s IPRC committee), college, university, or standardized testing (e.g. GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.)
  • Career Planning: assistance with choosing courses and academic programs at school, college or university.

Fees Psychoeducational assessment fees are billed hourly and therefore vary.  All fees are consistent with the guidelines set out by the Ontario Psychological Association.  OHIP does not cover psychological services, but many extended health policies do.  Please check with your insurance company to determine coverage.

Psychoeducational Assessments are provided by Dr. Monique Costa El-Hage (psychologist).

For a Free Initial Consultation, please e-mail us at referrals@imc-centre.ca or call 416-516-7757 if you have any questions regarding our services.