Understanding Psycho-educational Assessments = Understanding Your Student
Do you work with students who struggle at school? Psychoeducational assessments combine
standardized assessments of a child’s intellectual and academic abilities with the dynamic clinical
judgment of a trained psychologist to determine the what, how, and why of struggling students.
This process measures overall aptitude and academic achievement around core academic skills
and any additional factors that may impact a child at school (e.g., attention and concentration,
learning disability, mood, anxiety, etc.) and provides strategies to support them. Whether a
diagnosis is made or not, the information can be used to identify what the student needs to reach
This session will take a deep dive into what teachers need to know about the psychoeducational
• The psychological processes that underlie learning: such as language and phonological
processing, fine-motor and graphomotor processing, executive functioning, visual-spatial
processing, processing speed, working memory, etc.
• The specific academic skills being investigated: including reading, writing, math, language,
• Aspects of social/emotional and behavioural functioning that may be impacting the
student: including attention and concentration, depression, anxiety, etc.
• The diagnostic process
• Recommendations, strategies, and accommodations
• Using the psychoeducational assessment report for Individual Education/Program Planning
(IPPs, IEPs, etc.)