Psychoeducational Testing & Evaluation

What is an evaluation?

Sometimes further clarification of symptoms and diagnosis is needed to aid in developing a patient’s treatment plan. Thus, an evaluation is recommended. The results from an evaluation can:

  • Identify further patient needs.
  • Assist in developing patient insight and understanding of symptoms.
  • Aid a medical doctor in determining if a medication may benefit a patient given their symptoms and diagnosis.
  • Assist in obtaining other services such as school accommodations, life planning, and cognitive rehabilitation services.

Our providers recognize that time is an important factor when conducting evaluations. Therefore, they attempt to complete evaluations in one day (not including the initial session); however, some situations require testing to be split over a few days. Further, given that evaluations are time consuming, patients are provided breaks as needed. Approximately one to two weeks after testing is complete, a patient’s provider meets with them to provide feedback and a written report to discuss their results, diagnosis, and recommendations. Patients can generally expect the entire process (including initial session, evaluation, and feedback) to take approximately 3-4 weeks.

What is a psychoeducational evaluation?

A psychoeducational evaluation assists in identifying learning differences or other factors (e.g., emotional concerns, behavioral issues) that may negatively impact a patient's ability to perform well within the school environment. This type of evaluation may also be helpful to determine the possible need for academic accommodations and is typically performed on young children to adults who have trouble learning. 

Patients need to plan for the evaluation to last 3-5 hours.

Examples of conditions where psychoeducational testing may be recommended may include, but not be limited to:

  • Poor academic performance
  • Bored in school
  • Homework struggles
  • Distracted in class
  • Irritable
  • Avoids school
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Trouble reading
  • Difficulty with math
  • Trouble understanding instructions
  • Problems following instructions

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